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Rupert Murdoch

Prime Minister written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Paul Farrelly Paul Farrelly Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme

To ask the Prime Minister whether (a) he and (b) staff of 10 Downing street have met (i) Rupert Murdoch, (ii) James Murdoch, (iii) Rebekah Wade and (iv) other individuals representing (A) News International and (B) News Corporation and (C) BSkyB since 4 November 2010.

Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

A list of official meetings by Ministers with external organisations is published quarterly and a list of official hospitality at Chequers is published annually. James Murdoch and his wife received official hospitality at Chequers on 7 November 2010. I have met Rebekah Wade and James Murdoch at social occasions. Decisions on the BSkyB merger are entirely a matter for the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend Mr Hunt. The Prime Minister has no role or involvement. I was not party to the Secretary of State's decision ahead of his announcement on 25 January 2011, Hansard, column 3WS. Staff of 10 Downing street have meetings with a wide range of organisations and individuals on a range of subjects.

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