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Telephone Hacking — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:35 am on 27th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Fowler Lord Fowler Chair, HIV and AIDS Committee in the United Kingdom 11:35 am, 27th January 2011

My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that reply. Does he remember the Watergate scandal, in which one brave newspaper protected the public interest? Has not exactly the opposite happened in the phone hacking scandal, in which one newspaper-and possibly others-has not exposed injustice but instead directly conspired against the public? Does he agree that after any further criminal proceedings there will be a need for a full-scale inquiry to ascertain what happened and how the public can be protected?