There is no justification for fast-track appeals for superinjunctions, and the use of specialist judges for such applications is “neither justifiable nor practicable”.

The Committee on Superinjunctions, headed by the Master of the Rolls and set up in April 2010 to examine concerns over the perceived growth of superinjunctions, warned the media to be careful when relying on Parliamentary privilege. Media stories that did not simply summarise or reprint Hansard “may well not” attract qualified privilege, it said.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, welcoming the report, said: “Contrary to some commentary unelected judges in this country did not create privacy rights.

“They were created by Parliament.”The Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Stoneham recently used Parliamentary privilege to reveal details of an injunction obtained by former RBS head, Sir Fred Goodwin.