Supplementary written evidence submitted
by the Master of the Rolls
1. I submit this supplementary memorandum
to the Committee in order to deal with a matter arising from the
oral evidence session of 19 May 2009.
2. Paul Farrelly MP, of the Committee, raised
a question as to the merits of a reform proposal set out in the
written evidence submitted jointly by Advance Publications Inc,
the Association of American Publishers, Associated Press, Bloomberg,
CBS Television and a number of others. Those proposals are set
out at paragraph 18 of their evidence. Seven reform proposals
are set out in respect of internet publication, defamation and
3. These are proposals for the reform of
the substantive law and, as such, raise a number of policy issues.
Although I have my own views on some of them, it would not be
appropriate for me to express them to the Committee in my capacity
as a serving member of the judiciary.