PS 97


Les Hinton Esq,

c/o News International Ltd,

1 Virginia Street


E98 1SN


9 July 2009




I write in regard to oral evidence which you gave to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday 6 March 2007 regarding self-regulation of the press.


In that evidence session you assured us that Clive Goodman's was an isolated case. The Committee has been concerned to see press reports today that suggest that illegal phone tapping was in fact a widespread practice at News International.


At its meeting this morning the Committee agreed that I should write to you to formally ask you if you wish to alter or amplify any of the answers you gave on 6 March 2007. The Committee also wishes to invite you to appear before it next Tuesday, 14 July, at 10.30am so that it can take further evidence from you as part of its current investigation into Press standards, privacy and libel.