Consultation questions on Crime and Courts Act 2013

Consultation questions on section 40

Question 1:

Which of the following statements do you agree with: (a) Government should not commence any of section 40 now, but keep it under review and on the statute book; (b) Government should fully commence section 40 now; (c) Government should ask Parliament to repeal all of section 40 now; (d) If Government does not fully commence section 40 now, Government should partially commence section 40, and keep under review those elements that apply to publishers outside a recognised regulator; (e) If Government does not fully commence section 40 now, Government should partially commence section 40, and ask Parliament to repeal those elements that apply to publishers outside a recognised regulator.

Question 2:

Do you have evidence in support of your view, particularly in terms of the impacts on the press industry and claimants? If so, please provide evidence. (We are particularly interested in hearing from legal professionals – using their experience of litigation – in respect of the financial impacts on publishers outside a recognised self-regulator should government fully commence section 40, and specifically on (a) the likely change in volume of cases brought; and (b) the extent of average legal costs associated with bringing or defending individual cases).

Question 3:

To what extent will full commencement incentivise publishers to join a recognised self-regulator? Please supply evidence. Please use our online survey to respond to these questions.

Questions on Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry

Question 4:

Do you believe that the terms of reference of Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry have already been covered by Part 1 and the criminal investigations? If not which terms do you think still require further investigation?

Question 5:

Do you have evidence in support of your view? If so, please provide your evidence.

Question 6:

Which of the two options set out below best represents your views? • Continue the Inquiry with either the original or amended terms of reference • Terminate the Inquiry If you think the government should take another course of action to those set out in the question above, please set out your views.

YOU can make your own points by sending by post a response to: Press Policy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 4th floor, 100 Parliament St, London SW1A 2BQ or email at presspolicy@culture.gov.uk .

Or you may use the governments online survey response.

The deadline is 5pm on 10 January 2017

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