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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 16th July 2009.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 11:30 am, 16th July 2009

Much has been said about the importance of the recent allegations about the tapping of answerphone messages. I note that it is not just celebrities with huge amounts of money or politicians like yours truly who are the victims, but our constituents who are much less able to defend themselves in public or likely to have the resources to challenge journalists who break the law. Could the Leader of the House ensure that in the first week after the recess a Home Office Minister comes to the House to report on the three inquiries that have now started-by Committees of this House, by the Director of Public Prosecutions and by the Information Commissioner-so that if the law is not tight enough, it is tightened, and if people ought to be prosecuted, they are prosecuted?

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