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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, 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: 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 beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I am grateful, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity, which arose as a result of my being drawn in the ballot for private Members' Bills, to introduce the Bill in the House. It is important that I begin by explaining where the Bill comes from and what I seek to achieve, because I hope to cure a real mischief. Hon. Members will recall what...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: My hon. Friend is quite right-that is exactly what I am trying to do. I do not want to turn this into a debate about press freedom, because it is not as simple as that. I should like to explain where I am coming from-a dreadful modern expression, but it is an accurate description. About 30 years ago, I first became involved in student politics-you may remember those times, Mr Speaker. I was a...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who makes exactly the point that is most pertinent. It is the vilification. I have used the expression and I do not hesitate to use it again. What we saw in Bristol was, in effect, a feeding frenzy and vilification. Much of the coverage was not only completely irrelevant, but there was a homophobic tone to it which I found deeply offensive. The slurs on the...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I thank my hon. Friend for that contribution. Of course I agree. There is a long-term effect. If we go on to the internet and put in a name, as I have done, or certain key words, we find that a host of people have been in a similar situation to that of the first man who was arrested in Bristol. It has been put to me by all sorts of people-I am grateful for the information and the...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: My hon. Friend makes an extremely important point. I am familiar with Loughborough Echo. For reasons that I shall not go into because they are completely irrelevant, I buy it and I read it. It is an example of a good local paper, but it is also an example of a paper that is struggling with its circulation. I am delighted that it has such a column. When I worked on the Alloa and Hillfoots...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I thank, I think, my hon. Friend for that intervention, although it is the sort of intervention that is not terrifically helpful, in that unfortunately I do not know the answer and I will not pretend that I do. But I do know that throughout the United Kingdom the convention used to be not to report the name and address of someone when they were arrested. When they were charged, it was...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: I was going to deal with precisely that point. I would much prefer the profession that I was once a member of to self-regulate in the way that it used to. I am grateful that a member of the PCC contacted me to talk about the code of conduct. I think that in 2003 there was much consideration of a change to the code of conduct following the arrest, under the Terrorism Act 2000, of various...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: My hon. Friend will have read the Bill and will know that it makes provision for the police, the arrested person and the press to be able to apply to a Crown court judge for leave to publish the name and address of an arrested person if it is believed that that would be in the interests of justice or in the public interest. I will move on to the detail later, but I want to make it clear now...

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (4 Feb 2011)

Anna Soubry: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I started by saying that I think we all agree that we have gone too far and that a great wrong needs to be righted. As I said from the outset, I am more interested in correcting that wrong by whatever device is best able to do that, rather than simply commending the Bill all the way through and urging Members to vote for it. Of course I want it to succeed,...

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...


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