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Media Ownership

Prime Minister written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Prime Minister

(1) whether he has discussed News Corporation's proposed acquisition of BSkyB with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport between 23 December 2010 and 12 July 2011;

(2) whether he discussed News Corporation's proposed acquisition of BSkyB with James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks at dinner on 23 December 2010;

(3) what assessment he has made of the compatibility with the Ministerial Code of his attendance at dinner with James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks on 23 December 2010;

(4) whether he notified the Cabinet Secretary of his intention to attend a dinner with James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks on 23 December 2010; and if so what advice he received;

(5) whether his officials or advisers have discussed News Corporation's proposed acquisition of BSkyB with (a) the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, and (b) any of his officials or advisers between 23 December 2010 and 12 July 2011.

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

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 3 February 2011, Hansard, column 885W, and to the list of proprietors, senior executives and editors of media organisations that I have met since the general election which was published on Friday 15 July 2011. This is available on the No. 10 website:

http://www.number10.gov.uk/new/pm-pubished-details-of-visitors-to-chequers/

I had no role in the BSkyB takeover nor did I seek to influence the decisions of the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend Mr Hunt.

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