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Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I am again grateful, because that is a good point well made. There is a good argument that the way to cure this mischief is by amending the Contempt of Court Act 1981. I will in due course deal with why that Act is inadequate. If it were adequate, I have no doubt that the Attorney-General would have used it to stop the salacious and vilifying nature of the coverage of the man arrested in...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising that, and I completely agree. That is the difficulty. In the newspapers we see the headlines and the story but never what is behind them or, most importantly, what happens in the wake of them. I was describing how, by googling on the internet or doing any research through newspapers-although googling is the quickest and smoothest way-I came across...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention, because he makes another important point. That is why the Bill, to cover exactly that situation, enables the prosecution to apply to a Crown court judge for leave to allow the media to publish the name and address of somebody if they believe it is in the interests of justice, which means a belief or a suspicion reasonably held that other...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: With great respect to my hon. Friend, I wish it were as simple as that. The Act certainly deals with people who have been arrested, but it states: "The strict liability rule applies only to a publication which creates a substantial risk that the course of justice in the proceedings in question will be seriously impeded or prejudiced." That is a very high test, and my understanding of its...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I am grateful for that intervention by my hon. and learned Friend. I am sorry-he is not actually learned, although he is certainly an hon. Friend. He used to be learned, and is undoubtedly a far better lawyer than I am, as we have just heard. He makes the point far better than I have been making it. The last thing that anyone wants-certainly Conservative Members do not-is more criminal...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: Did not, unfortunately, the article in The Daily Telegraph omit to mention that under the Bill, the press, the prosecution and the arrested person-notably, in this instance, the press-can apply to a judge for leave to publish a name and address if they believe it is in the public interest? The measure does not constitute a gagging order on the press.

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I, too, recall that; indeed, I reported on a number of those cases. I can still remember some of the names of those people. One was quite a senior police officer in Lincolnshire, and there was another who was connected with the law. However, if my memory is right, was it not the case that those people had not just been arrested, but almost immediately charged? I am reasonably confident in...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: rose -

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: Does my hon. Friend accept that all I am asking for is that we revert to what used to happen? In the past, the name and address of an arrested person-not an accused person: an arrested person-was not published. All I seek to do is to revert to the old convention, which means that we would not have the sort of reporting that we have seen in Bristol.

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: Surely the distinction is that, as soon as someone is charged, the Contempt of Court Act 1981 comes into full force. The Act prohibits any publication that would prejudice the court proceedings. The point about the material published in the Bristol case was not only that it breached that man's privacy but that it would undoubtedly have prejudiced any trial. We all want to ensure not only that...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: With great respect to my hon. Friend, one tweet would not amount to publication. Many statutes prohibit the publication, notably, of a child's name. There is no difficulty with somebody tweeting a name. However, there is profound difference in publication. Such details can be thrashed out in Committee, but should not impede the Bill's progress.

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: That is because Scotland continues rightly to have its own system of justice. The provision has been lifted from all the other Acts that deal with such issues. Exactly the same argument could be made about the Contempt of Court Act, which works extremely well to ensure that once somebody is arrested there is no prejudicial reporting. With great respect to my hon. Friend, the issue that he...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: My point is that we have two co-existing systems of law that work well together. We have a Contempt of Court Act that prohibits prejudicial material being printed and published in this country, and it does not have an impact on Scotland in relation to any publications up there that prevent someone from having a fair trial. We already have laws that protect individuals after they have been...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: It is right that the man in Bristol, for example, can use the civil courts in relation to what has been printed about him, should he believe-and I think that there is a good argument-that he has been defamed, and in due course he might receive damages. My argument, however, is that the damage has been done, so I am seeking to prevent publication in the first place. That is how we should cure...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: Six months.

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I do not know off the top of my head the maximum fine in the magistrates court for a summary offence, but it will be in the range of thousands. I do not know what scale is used. We need the assistance of my hon. Friend the Member for South Swindon (Mr Buckland), who unfortunately is not in the Chamber at the moment.

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: My hon. Friend will be aware that a breach of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 can result in a maximum sentence of two years. The corporate bodies identified in my Bill are merely copies of what exists in other pieces of legislation without any difficulty, to make sure that when it is right and proper, the anonymity of certain people is maintained. I am sure that he will agree that it is not...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I am very grateful for the exceptionally helpful comments that have been made thus far by the hon. Gentleman. Does he agree that at the point when this gentleman was arrested and there was a media feeding frenzy attacking his character, it would be fair to say that there must have been women in Bristol who concluded that the police had him and that therefore they were safe? If events are...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: None of the women whom John Worboys assaulted and attacked knew his name. They came forward because there was publicity about his modus operandi, not because of his name. That is a big flaw in the argument, and it occurred last year in the debate about anonymity for people accused of rape. The victims came forward because they knew a taxi driver who operated in that criminal way had been...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

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