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Defamation: Internet

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many libel actions have been brought in respect of claims made exclusively on websites in each year since 1997; and how many of these were made (a) by a person or company considered to be based in the UK and (b) against a person or company considered to be based in the UK. (155622)

Information on the number of libel actions that have been brought in respect of claims made exclusively on websites in each year since 1997; and the number of these which were made (a) by a person or company considered to be based in the UK and (b) against a person or company considered to be based in the UK is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

There is no single database of High Court cases which could be consulted to provide the information requested; the only way that this information could be obtained would be to consult each case file.

The county courts use the CaseMan IT system to record case details primarily for case management purposes. The system does not hold sufficient detailed data to enable cases involving libel to be specifically identified. Again, this information could only be obtained by consulting court case files.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many internet service providers have been subject to libel actions in each year since 1997. (155623)

Information on the number of internet service providers who have been subject to libel actions in each year since 1997 is not centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

There is no single database of High Court cases which could be consulted to provide the information requested; the only way that this information could be obtained would be to consult each case file.

The county courts use the CaseMan IT system to record case details primarily for case management purposes. The system does not hold sufficient detailed data to enable cases involving libel to be specifically identified. Again, this information could only be obtained by consulting court case files.