HC Deb 10 July 1967 vol 750 c31W
Sir Knox Cunningham

asked the Attorney-General if he will introduce legislation to prevent comment and discussion in the British Press about criminal trials after the prisoner has been sentenced but before his appeal has been heard.

The Attorney-General

No. Under the existing law, the Press is free to comment responsibly on the verdicts and sentences of criminal Courts, even where an Appeal is pending. In my opinion, this freedom is a valuable safeguard, and it should not be curtailed.