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Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will undertake a review of the application of the law as it applies to qualified privilege for councillors; and if he will make a statement. [108384]

There are currently no plans for such a review. I understand that the Law Commission will shortly be publishing their recommendations following a review of the publication of local authority reports, and that those recommendations are likely to include proposals on the law of defamation as it applies to local authorities. The Government will consider the Law Commission's report carefully.