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Appendix: Declaration of Interests

Declaration of Interests

The following interests were declared:

Lord Bew declared an interest as incoming Chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association and with regard to his involvement in a legal issue with one of his history books in the Republic of Ireland.

Sir Peter Bottomley MP declared an interest as someone who has taken action for defamation or libel against one television company and four newspapers.

Rehman Chishti MP declared an interest as Deputy Chairman of the Saudi Arabia All-Party Parliamentary Group.

Lord Grade of Yarmouth declared an interest as a Commissioner at the Press Complaints Commission.

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town declared an interest as the paid Chair of the Legal Serivces Consumer Panel until the end of July 2011.

Dr Julian Huppert MP declared an interest as an Officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Libel Reform Group and as an Associate of Sense about Science and the Libel Reform Campaign.

David Lammy MP declared an interest as someone who had previously worked with the Times newspaper's defamation team.

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames declared an interest as a barrister who has from time to time undertaken defamation cases and as someone who has given informal advice without charge in relation to defamation and malicious falsehood.

Stephen Phillips MP declared an interest as a Queen's Counsel in private practice but never undertaking a case involving the law of defamation.

Andrew Caldecott QC, Specialist Adviser, declared an interest as a Queen's Counsel who had appeared for many claimants and media organisations as a barrister and was likely to continue to do so—in the defamation field. He declared an involvement in the following litigation, to which reference was directly or indirectly made in the course of oral evidence:

Rath v Guardian
Reynolds v Times Newspapers
Spiller v Joseph
Tesla v BBC
El Naschie v Nature

He also declared an interest as a Member of the Early Resolution Group Committee and a prospective member of the panel of arbitrators.

A full list of Members' interests can found at the Register of Lords' Interests: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/standards-and-interests/register-of-lords-interests/ and in the Register of Commons interests: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/contents.htm

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