Statement on phone hacking and the media

12 July 2011

Baroness Rawlings repeated a Government statement on phone hacking and the media in the House of Lords on Monday 11 July

The Government announced two independent inquiries following the phone hacking allegations on Friday 8 July.

Baroness Scotland of Asthal, shadow Attorney General, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

Lord Fowler, former journalist and former chair of the Lords Communications Committee; Lord Lawson of Blaby, a former journalist and newspaper editor; Lord Grocott, a former television producer; Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, a former television editor, asked questions.

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, Lord Crickhowell, Lord Kinnock, and Lord Soley, who introduced a Bill on the freedom and responsibility of the press in 1993, also asked questions.

Further information

Baroness Rawlings, Government spokesperson for culture, answered a Private Notice Question on Friday 8 July about the consideration of News Corporation’s bid to take over BSkyB.


Government ministers and spokespersons make statements in the Lords chamber, announcing important policy initiatives, reports on national and international issues and government actions.

There is a limited time for immediate questioning of the minister or spokesperson, allowing Members another opportunity to raise concerns and seek further information on government decisions.

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