HC Deb 04 December 1967 vol 755 c948
39. Mr. Whitaker

asked the Attorney-General what plans he has for holding a review of the position of newspapers in contempt proceedings.

The Attorney-General

None, Sir, save that the recommendations made by the Press Council in its booklet relating to proceedings before tribunals of inquiry are being studied.

Mr. Whitaker

Would my right hon. and learned Friend agree that many members of the public feel that it is more realistic to indict lawyers who give wrong advice on a particular piece of writing in a newspaper rather than the editor, who has not even read it?

The Attorney-General

I do not know whether my hon. Friend is referring to a recent case which was dealt with in the Divisional Court, in proceedings which, I apprehend, have given general satisfaction, save, perhaps, to the defendants.