Lord Justice Leveson defended his inquiry into media standards in the UK today and said he “was not in any way” seeking to challenge the right of Parliament to examine any of the issues his inquiry is covering.
After repeated criticism that the work of MPs is being blocked because of the inquiry into press standards, he insisted it was for Parliament to decide “how far it goes”.
It comes after Commons Speaker John Bercow said yesterday that Parliament should come first when a number of MPs raised concerns that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was being shielded from full scrutiny over his links with News International because of his impending appearance before the inquiry.
Lord Justice Leveson said: “BSkyB, it is a matter for Parliament to decide how far it is appropriate to question the Secretary of State or anyone else.”
He added: “It is open to the Prime Minister to take whatever steps he wishes in relation to allegations concerning one of his ministers and equally open to MPs to ask whatever questions they wish in connection with the performance of their duties.”