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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the press. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

04.11.2016Press regulation after Leveson - unfinished business?
Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry into the press reported in 2012. Part 2, which has a wider remit, has yet to begin. What is the state of play on press regulation and what changes have been made to the law?
12.08.2016Adult magazines in shops
This House of Commons Library briefing paper summarises what guidelines say about the display of adult magazines in shops.
18.09.2015Confidentiality and openness in the family courts: current rules and history of their reform
This briefing paper considers transparency in the family courts, including communication of information and media attendance, and background on recent changes in this area.
27.03.2014The Leveson Report: implementation
This note provides pointers to the developments since publication of the report. It does not attempt to summarise the complex arguments involved or differences between the various proposals for draft legislation that have been brought forward.
26.06.2012Phone hacking - Inquiries and reports
This note provides brief details about the ongoing inquiries and investigations associated with phone hacking and the various reports produced. It also gives details of the legislation regarding relevant offences and provides links to timelines of events.
20.06.2012Press regulation: international comparisons
This Note provides a brief overview of systems of press regulation in a number of foreign countries. Where possible, it details the sanctions available to the regulator in the event that a newspaper breaches a voluntary or statutory code of industry practice. If there is an established mechanism for the arbitration of press complaints, this is noted.
20.06.2012Press regulation - the debate
Following the discovery of widespread 'phone-hacking' by journalists at The News of the World and other British newspapers, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, established in July 2011 a multi-part inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. Lord Justice Leveson was appointed as Chairman of the Inquiry. The first part (or 'module'), which concluded its public hearings on 9 February 2012, concentrated on the relationship between the press and the public. Much of the material quoted in this Library Note comes from the evidence presented to this module (the first of four), but the Note will be updated periodically to take account of evidence presented at later modules.
22.06.2010Local newspapers
The Government has decided to cancel three pilot schemes in favour of developing broadband infrastructure and promoting local TV stations. This comes at a time when local newspapers face competition from the internet and local authority newspapers and have difficulty in maintaining levels of funding from advertising.
03.11.2009Newspaper and magazine distribution agreements: competition issues
This note explains the competition issues associated with newspaper and magazine distribution agreements including: whether the distribution agreements which restrict distribution territories are compatible with competition law; the decision to let the National Newspaper Code of Practice lapse; and the OFT's September 2009 decision not to refer the sector to the Competition Commission

Lords Library Notes

23.05.2016Royal Charters and Parliamentary Scrutiny
This Library briefing provides information on royal charters, outlining the Sovereign's prerogative power to grant them, and briefly describing their function. It also provides an overview of two examples of royal charters-the self-regulation of the press and the BBC-and discusses Parliament's role in their scrutiny.
30.11.2012Leveson Report: Reaction
This Library Note summarises a selection of the reaction and comment expressed immediately following the publication of the report of Lord Justice Leveson's Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.

Select Committee Reports

29.03.2011Privilege: Hacking of Members' mobile phones.
Standards and Privileges Select Committee report [Commons]
13.07.2010Press standards, privacy and libel.
Government response. Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
29.03.2010Press standards, privacy and libel.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
09.02.2010Press standards, privacy and libel.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
06.02.2010Press standards, privacy and libel.
Government response. Department for Culture, Media and Sport report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House condemns the proposed 75 job losses at Trinity Mirror's national newspaper titles, the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People; notes that these cuts come at a time ...
That this House believes that local and regional newspapers play a vital role in the community; notes that in many places across the country when local amenities have been threatened ...
That this House supports David Hawkins' e-petition which calls on The Sun newspaper to provide full disclosure of all its records including the sources of information and documents ...
That this House congratulates themanagement and staff of the Irish Post for their success in rescuing the title after company liquidation, saving the newspaper as the weekly voice of ...
That this House supports the call of the Association of News Retailers for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)to undertake a full investigation into the supply of news and magazines to ...


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