Lords question Press Recognition Panel and IMPRESS

13 January 2015

The House of Lords Communication Committee kicks off its new inquiry into press regulation on Tuesday 13 January, when it will question representatives from the Press Recognition Panel and the Independent Monitor for the Press (IMPRESS).

The Committee’s short inquiry intends to investigate the current state of play for press regulation, following the publication of the Leveson report in 2012, the agreement of a Royal Charter on the self-regulation of the press and the closure of the Press Complaints Commission in September last year.


Tuesday 13 January 2015, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30 pm, from the Press Recognition Panel:

  • Dr David Wolfe QC, Chairman
  • Carolyn Regan, Board Member

Lines of questioning:

  • how the Press Recognition Panel came into existence, why it was established and the role it plays;
  • how the panel will be funded on an ongoing basis, and its estimated running cost; and
  • how the panel will ensure that press regulators are independent of the press.

At 4.30 pm, from IMPRESS:

  • Walter Merricks CBE, Chairman
  • Jonathan Heawood, Director

Lines of questioning:

  • why the IMPRESS Project was established and its main aims and objectives;
  • what steps are being taken to ensure that IMPRESS will be able to remain independent of the industry; and
  • why IMPRESS has not yet sought recognition under the Royal Charter and whether it plans to seek recognition.

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