Phone Hacking — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:36 pm on 15th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Inglewood Lord Inglewood Chair, Communications and Digital Committee, Chair, Communications and Digital Committee 2:36 pm, 15th November 2011

My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of a local newspaper company. Would my noble friend the Minister not agree two things: first, that the bribery legislation applies equally to all citizens in this country, whether they are journalists or whether they are not; and secondly, that the decision whether to prosecute when evidence of a crime is available is something which is vested in the prosecution authorities?