Leveson to present report next week
Lord Justice Leveson will publish his report on British press standards at 1.30pm next Thursday and will make a televised statement, but he says he will not field questions from journalists or grant interviews that day.
The long-expected and wide-ranging report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press will be presented to both houses of parliament.
However, sources have indicated that MPs may not get to debate the report formally until December 3rd – although there is some pressure to hold a parliamentary debate on the day.
Labour sources indicated yesterday that the party would examine whether there were grounds to table an urgent question in order to force a debate in parliament on the day the report is published.
The high court judge will make an on-camera statement about his findings at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre immediately after publication of the report.
While the press and public have been invited to attend the televised statement, Lord Justice Leveson has said he does not intend to take any questions and will not be available for “one-to-one interviews with the media”.