I firmly believe that what happened to the Dowlers, to the McCanns, to Christopher Jefferies and to many other innocent people, who have never sought the limelight, was utterly despicable. It is absolutely right that we put in place a new system of press regulation to ensure that such appalling acts can never happen again.
The Government is, therefore, committed to implementing a tough new system of press self-regulation, and a royal charter with cross party agreement was concluded on the 18th March to this effect.
Shortly after this, the press petitioned the Privy Council Office with an alternative Royal Charter. This is now being fully considered, to ensure that the process of implementing Leveson is as robust as possible. I can firmly state that no final decisions or conclusions have yet been reached.
Although I understand the desirability of seeing these changes made as soon as possible, given the importance of these measures I would be reluctant to see the process rushed in any way, and I fully support the Government's measured response.