c/o News International Ltd,
9 July 2009
You will be aware that the Culture, Media and Sport Committee took evidence from Les Hinton, then Executive Chairman of News International, as part of its 2007 inquiry into Press self-regulation. In that evidence session he 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, and that News International has settled cases amounting to £1m to prevent this from becoming public knowledge.
At its meeting this morning the Committee agreed that I should write to you to formally ask you to submit evidence to us on the truth of these allegations, as part of our current inquiry into Press standards, privacy and libel.
The Committee has invited Les Hinton to appear before it next Tuesday, 14 July, and may also wish to invite you to give oral evidence in the next couple of weeks.
JOHN WHITTINGDALE OBE MP