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Defamation Bill — Commons Reasons

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:33 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Lord Mackay of Clashfern Lord Mackay of Clashfern Conservative 3:33 pm, 23rd April 2013

My Lords, I am delighted to welcome this situation, and to see the Defamation Bill back on its ordinary course. I do not entirely agree with all that the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, has said about the amendments that were passed by this House, but now they are certainly unnecessary and I am delighted that the Defamation Bill can proceed.

Motion A agreed.

Motion B

Moved by Lord McNally:

That this House do not insist on its Amendment 2, to which the Commons have disagreed for their Reason 2A, but do propose Amendment 2B in lieu.

2B: Clause 1, page 1, line 4, at end insert-

"( ) For the purposes of this section, harm to the reputation of a body that trades for profit is not "serious harm" unless it has caused or is likely to cause the body serious financial loss."