Media: Newspapers

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd March 2010.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider introducing legislation to prevent newspapers from offering money in return for people discontinuing legal action against them.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords) , Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (and Deputy Chief Whip)

The UK press is independent of state regulation. Newspapers are governed by the general law and the Press Complaints Commission's Code of Practice. The Government do not intend to introduce additional specific legislation to address this issue.

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