Defamation Bill

Reform of the law of defamation became more likely following the second reading debate in the House of Lords on Lord Lester’s Defamation Bill on 9 July.

Justice Minister Lord McNally announced that the government would publish its own Bill for consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny in the new year.  Lord McNally said that the debate in the Lords “has greatly assisted our thinking on the matter. We will now move ahead with a draft government Bill with all due urgency”.