Defamation Bill

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered linking the Defamation Bill to the proposal for press regulation to be underpinned by a body appointed by royal charter.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

The Defamation Bill is intended to amend the law on libel to strike a fairer balance between freedom of speech and the protection of reputation. Lord Puttnam's amendments included in the Bill at Report stage in the House of Lords were premature and do not reflect government policy. Provisions relating to the proposal for a royal charter are the subject of ongoing cross-party talks.

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