The Leveson Bill

Hacked Off has drafted and published the Leveson Bill, a short parliamentary bill to put into law Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations on press regulation.

This draft bill was produced with expert assistance and in consultation with victims of press abuses, and consultation was also opened up to the public. Hacked Off thanks everyone who got involved in the consultation process. Responses are currently being analysed. 

The Leveson Bill and relevant documents can be found below.


Notes on the documents available above

The reference to clauses set out here are to the Leveson Bill we have drafted as set out in the section above with explanatory notes, or as a “clean copy” in Appendix 1.

The Bill available now has had a few changes since the version published on 7th January, mainly correcting typographical and other errors. Any significant changes have been set out in italics in the Bill set out above and there is a note to that effect in the right margin.

To assist and inform the consultation, we were given permission to publish the DCMS working draft, as at 17 December 2012, of a Bill. We are grateful to them for this and recognise as it as a welcome move towards the greater transparency needed in the implementation of the Leveson Report.  We are happy to point out that this “working draft of a bill” does not have the status of a “draft Bill”, and has not been approved by the Government as a whole. It is attached at Appendix 2.

We have sought to highlight any differences of approach in respect of policy or drafting in the questions below and we have invited comments on those differences.

The Labour Party published a draft Bill as an aid to the debate in early December and this is included in Appendix 3. We also invite questions on the differences between the policy and the drafting approach taken in that document.

It should be noted at the outset that these three bills, authored independently, cover much the same ground, and have much in common.   All three draft bills attempt to put Leveson’s recommendations into legislative language but are not set in stone and have invited comments and suggestions.

For completeness we include at Appendix 4 the Bill published by Lord Lester of Herne Hill as an aid to the debate and we also invite comment on that.