HC Deb 26 April 1990 vol 171 cc286-7W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will be proposing legislation to amend section 10 of the Contempt of Court Act, in respect of the interests of justice category; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten

Section 10 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 provides that no court may require a person to disclose, nor will he be guilty of contempt for refusing to disclose, the source of his information in a publication for which he is responsible, unless it is established to the court's satisfaction that disclosure is necessary in the interests of justice or national security or for the prevention of disorder or crime. We believe that these are and remain proper grounds on which to allow a court to insist on disclosure.