MPs debate privilege and phone-hacking report

23 May 2012

John Whittingdale, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee moved a motion to debate in the House of Commons on a matter of privilege relating to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee's report on News International and phone-hacking on Tuesday 22 May.

The motion in the name of John Whittingdale stated that the House "notes the conclusions set out in chapter 8 of the Eleventh Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Session 2010-12, on News International and Phone-hacking, HC 903-I and orders that the matter be referred to the Committee on Standards and Privileges."

Watch and read the debate and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Speaking in the debate, Kevin Barron, Chair of the Standards and Privileges Committee said:

"If the House decides to refer this matter to the Committee on Standards and Privileges, we will ensure that all our processes are rigorously fair and impartial. It is likely that there will be widespread speculation before we are in a position to say more about the Committee’s plans.


We not be rushing into making any hasty decisions and will consider our actions carefully and thoughtfully, and with expert advice. At its meeting this morning, the Committee agreed that none of its Members would discuss this matter outside the Committee, whether with colleagues or other third parties. I trust that Members and others will respect the Committee’s decision, and will not try to engage Committee Members in discussion about this inquiry.

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