MPs debate the Leveson Inquiry report

03 December 2012

MPs debated in the House of Commons on Monday 3 December 2012, the findings of the report by Lord Justice Leveson into the culture, practices and ethics of the press

The debate was opened by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller.

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Harriet Harman, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The Leveson Inquiry

On 13 July 2011 the Prime Minister announced a public inquiry led by Lord Justice Leveson. Lord Leveson published his report on Thursday 29 November 2012.

The Prime Minister's responded to the recommendations made in the Leveson report in a statement to the House of Commons, also on 29 November.

Debates

A debate is a formal discussion on a topic in the House of Commons or the House of Lords.

They are an opportunity for MPs to discuss government policy, proposed new laws and current issues.

Members take it in turns to speak on the subject concerned and the discussion is strictly controlled by a set of rules called the ‘Standing Orders’.

The Speaker chairs debates in the Chamber and ensures these rules are followed and order is maintained.

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