Point of Order

– in the House of Commons at 4:04 pm on 11th March 2013.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 4:04 pm, 11th March 2013

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. You will recall that last year the Prime Minister said that he wanted to be as open and transparent as possible about public meetings held by Ministers and that Ministers would publish all meetings with outside bodies on a quarterly basis. You will also recall—I remember you were in the Chair at the time—that earlier this year the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport said that they were being published in the usual fashion and that if they were not she would ensure that they were. It now transpires that the Prime Minister’s meetings with the proprietors and editors of national newspapers were not published until very recently for any date beyond last June. Now we have the information for up until September. This very afternoon, serious decisions are being made about what should be done to implement the Leveson inquiry and to introduce legislation to this House. Will you confirm that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport could, if she wanted, either hasten the publication of further information so that we all know exactly who the Prime Minister has been meeting with, or correct the record, as what she said earlier this year was not strictly speaking accurate?