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Part IIE+W+S+N.I. Statements privileged subject to explanation or contradiction

9[F1(1)A fair and accurate copy of or extract from a notice or other matter issued for the information of the public by or on behalf of—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a legislature in any member State or the European Parliament;

(b)the government of any member State, or any authority performing governmental functions in any member State or part of a member State, or the European Commission;

(c)an international organisation or international conference.

(2) In this paragraph “ governmental functions ” includes police functions. ]

[F1(1)A fair and accurate copy of, extract from or summary of a notice or other matter issued for the information of the public by or on behalf of—

(a)a legislature or government anywhere in the world;

(b)an authority anywhere in the world performing governmental functions;

(c)an international organisation or international conference.

(2) In this paragraph “ governmental functions ” includes police functions. ]

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Amendments (Textual)

F1Sch. 1 paras. 9 10 substituted (E.W.) (1.1.2014) by Defamation Act 2013 (c. 26), ss. 7(4), 17(4) (with s. 16(5)); S.I. 2013/3027, art. 2

10[F1A fair and accurate copy of or extract from a document made available by a court in any member State or the European Court of Justice (or any court attached to that court), or by a judge or officer of any such court.]E+W+S+N.I.

[F1A fair and accurate copy of, extract from or summary of a document made available by a court anywhere in the world, or by a judge or officer of such a court.]

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F1Sch. 1 paras. 9 10 substituted (E.W.) (1.1.2014) by Defamation Act 2013 (c. 26), ss. 7(4), 17(4) (with s. 16(5)); S.I. 2013/3027, art. 2

11(1)A fair and accurate report of proceedings at any public meeting or sitting in the United Kingdom of—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a local authority F2...[F2or local authority committee];

[F3(aa)in the case of a local authority which are operating executive arrangements, the executive of that authority or a committee of that executive;]

(b)a justice or justices of the peace acting otherwise than as a court exercising judicial authority;

(c)a commission, tribunal, committee or person appointed for the purposes of any inquiry by any statutory provision, by Her Majesty or by a Minister of the Crown [F4a member of the Scottish Executive][F5, the Welsh Ministers or the Counsel General to the Welsh Assembly Government ]or a Northern Ireland Department;

(d)a person appointed by a local authority to hold a local inquiry in pursuance of any statutory provision;

(e)any other tribunal, board, committee or body constituted by or under, and exercising functions under, any statutory provision.

[F6(1A)In the case of a local authority which are operating executive arrangements, a fair and accurate record of any decision made by any member of the executive where that record is required to be made and available for public inspection by virtue of section 22 of the Local Government Act 2000 or of any provision in regulations made under that section.]

(2)[F7In sub-paragraphs (1)(a) and (1A)—

“executive” and “executive arrangements” have the same meaning as in Part II of the Local Government Act 2000;]

  • local authority” means—

    (a)

    in relation to England and Wales, a principal council within the meaning of the M1Local Government Act 1972, any body falling within any paragraph of section 100J(1) of that Act or an authority or body to which the M2Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 applies,

    (b)

    in relation to Scotland, a council constituted under section 2 of the M3Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 or an authority or body to which the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 applies,

    (c)

    in relation to Northern Ireland, any authority or body to which sections 23 to 27 of the M4Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 apply; and

  • local authority committee” means any committee of a local authority or of local authorities, and includes—

    (a)

    any committee or sub-committee in relation to which sections 100A to 100D of the Local Government Act 1972 apply by virtue of section 100E of that Act (whether or not also by virtue of section 100J of that Act), and

    (b)

    any committee or sub-committee in relation to which sections 50A to 50D of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 apply by virtue of section 50E of that Act.

(3)A fair and accurate report of any corresponding proceedings in any of the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man or in another member State.

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Amendments (Textual)

F2Words in Sch. 1 para. 11(1)(a) substituted (E.) (6.5.2002) by S.I. 2002/1057, art. 12(a)

F3Sch. 1 para. 11(1)(aa) inserted (E.) (6.5.2002) by S.I. 2002/1057, art. 12(b)

F4Words in Sch. 1 para. 11(1)(c) inserted (6.5.1999) by 1998 c. 46, s. 125, Sch. 8, para. 33(3)(with s. 126(3)-(11)); S.I. 1998/3178, art. 2(2), Sch. 3

F5Words in Sch. 1 para. 11(1)(c) inserted by Government of Wales Act 2006 (c. 32), ss. 160, 163, Sch. 10 para. 40 (with Sch. 11 para. 22), the amending provision coming into force immediately after "the 2007 election" (held on 3.5.2007) subject to s. 161(1)(4)(5) of the amending Act, which provides for certain provisions to come into force for specified purposes immediately after the end of "the initial period" (which ended with the day of the first appointment of a First Minister on 25.5.2007) - see ss. 46, 161(4)(5) of the amending Act.

F6Sch. 1 para. 11(1A) inserted (E.) (11.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2237, art. 31(b); and that same sub-paragraph inserted (W.) (1.4.2002) by S.I. 2002/808, art. 30(b)

F7Words in Sch. 1 para. 11(2) substituted (E.) (11.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2237, art. 31(c); and those same words substituted (W.) (1.4.2002) by S.I. 2002/808, art. 30(c)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Sch. 1 para. 11(1)(c) modified (1.12.1998) by 1998 c. 38, s. 77(4)(b) (with ss. 139(2), 143(2)); S.I. 1998/2789, art. 2

Marginal Citations

[F811AA fair and accurate report of proceedings at a press conference held anywhere in the world for the discussion of a matter of public interest.]E+W

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Amendments (Textual)

12(1)A fair and accurate report of proceedings at any public meeting held [F9in a member State][F9anywhere in the world].E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In this paragraph a “public meeting” means a meeting bona fide and lawfully held for a lawful purpose and for the furtherance or discussion of a matter of [F10public concern][F10public interest], whether admission to the meeting is general or restricted.

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F9Words in Sch. 1 para. 12(1) substituted (E.W.) (1.1.2014) by Defamation Act 2013 (c. 26), ss. 7(6)(a), 17(4) (with s. 16(5)); S.I. 2013/3027, art. 2

F10Words in Sch. 1 para. 12(2) substituted (E.W.) (1.1.2014) by Defamation Act 2013 (c. 26), ss. 7(6)(b), 17(4) (with s. 16(5)); S.I. 2013/3027, art. 2

13(1)A fair and accurate report of proceedings at a general meeting of a [F11UK public company][F11listed company].E+W+S+N.I.

(2)[F12 A fair and accurate copy of or extract from any document circulated to members of a UK public company—

(a)by or with the authority of the board of directors of the company,

(b)by the auditors of the company, or

(c)by any member of the company in pursuance of a right conferred by any statutory provision.]

[F12A fair and accurate copy of, extract from or summary of any document circulated to members of a listed company—

(a)by or with the authority of the board of directors of the company,

(b)by the auditors of the company, or

(c)by any member of the company in pursuance of a right conferred by any statutory provision.]

(3)[F12 A fair and accurate copy of or extract from any document circulated to members of a UK public company which relates to the appointment, resignation, retirement or dismissal of directors of the company. ]

[F12A fair and accurate copy of, extract from or summary of any document circulated to members of a listed company which relates to the appointment, resignation, retirement or dismissal of directors of the company or its auditors.]

(4)[F12 In this paragraph “ UK public company ” means—

(a)a public company within the meaning of [F13section 4(2) of the Companies Act 2006], or

(b)a body corporate incorporated by or registered under any other statutory provision, or by Royal Charter, or formed in pursuance of letters patent.]

[F12 In this paragraph “ listed company ” has the same meaning as in Part 12 of the Corporation Tax Act 2009 (see section 1005 of that Act). ]

(5)[F12A fair and accurate report of proceedings at any corresponding meeting of, or copy of or extract from any corresponding document circulated to members of, a public company formed under the law of any of the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man or of another member State.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F11Words in Sch. 1 para. 13(1) substituted (E.W.) (1.1.2014) by Defamation Act 2013 (c. 26), ss. 7(7)(a), 17(4) (with s. 16(5)); S.I. 2013/3027, art. 2

F12Sch. 1 para. 13(2)-(4) substituted for Sch. 1 para. 13(2)-(5) (E.W.) (1.1.2014) by Defamation Act 2013 (c. 26), ss. 7(7)(b), 17(4) (with s. 16(5)); S.I. 2013/3027, art. 2]

14A fair and accurate report of any finding or decision of any of the following descriptions of association, formed [F14in the United Kingdom or another member State][F14anywhere in the world], or of any committee or governing body of such an association—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)an association formed for the purpose of promoting or encouraging the exercise of or interest in any art, science, religion or learning, and empowered by its constitution to exercise control over or adjudicate on matters of interest or concern to the association, or the actions or conduct of any person subject to such control or adjudication;

(b)an association formed for the purpose of promoting or safeguarding the interests of any trade, business, industry or profession, or of the persons carrying on or engaged in any trade, business, industry or profession, and empowered by its constitution to exercise control over or adjudicate upon matters connected with that trade, business, industry or profession, or the actions or conduct of those persons;

(c)an association formed for the purpose of promoting or safeguarding the interests of a game, sport or pastime to the playing or exercise of which members of the public are invited or admitted, and empowered by its constitution to exercise control over or adjudicate upon persons connected with or taking part in the game, sport or pastime;

(d)an association formed for the purpose of promoting charitable objects or other objects beneficial to the community and empowered by its constitution to exercise control over or to adjudicate on matters of interest or concern to the association, or the actions or conduct of any person subject to such control or adjudication.

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Amendments (Textual)

F14Words in Sch. 1 para. 14 substituted (E.W.) (1.1.2014) by Defamation Act 2013 (c. 26), ss. 7(8), 17(4) (with s. 16(5)); S.I. 2013/3027, art. 2

[F1514AA fair and accurate—E+W+S

(a)report of proceedings of a scientific or academic conference held anywhere in the world, or

(b)copy of, extract from or summary of matter published by such a conference.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F15Sch. 1 para. 14A inserted (1.1.2014 for S., 1.1.2014 for E.W.) by Defamation Act 2013 (c. 26), ss. 7(9), 17(4) (with s. 16(5)); S.S.I. 2013/339, art. 2; S.I. 2013/3027, art. 2; S.S.I. 2013/339, art. 2; S.I. 2013/3027, art. 2

15[F16(1)A fair and accurate report of, or copy of or extract from, any adjudication, report, statement or notice issued by a body, officer or other person designated for the purposes of this paragraph—E+W+S+N.I.

[F17(a)for England and Wales, by order of the Lord Chancellor,]

(b)for Scotland, by order of the Secretary of State.

[F18, and

(c)for Northern Ireland, by order of the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland]

(2)[F19Subject to sub-paragraph (3),] An order under this paragraph shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

[F20(3)An order under sub-paragraph (1)(c) shall be made by statutory rule for the purposes of the Statutory Rules (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 and subject to negative resolution within the meaning of section 41(6) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.]]

[F16(1)A fair and accurate report or summary of, copy of or extract from, any adjudication, report, statement or notice issued by a body, officer or other person designated for the purposes of this paragraph by order of the Lord Chancellor.

(2)An order under this paragraph shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F16Sch. 1 para. 15 substituted E.W.) (1.1.2014) by Defamation Act 2013 (c. 26), ss. 7(10), 17(4) (with s. 16(5)); S.I. 2013/3027, art. 2

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