Today\’s published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found.
The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented – for the first time in memory – from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret.
The only fact the Guardian can report is that the case involves the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations.
I thought we\’d already had this argument? Libel laws don\’t cover the Commons chamber and anything said in that chamber can be reported under Parliamentary privilege.
Anyone know what the question was?
\”Can the Prime Minister confirm that David Cameron is the love child of Harriet Harman and Peter Sutcliffe?\”