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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16694: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position on reforming the law with regard to defamation.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 23 May 2018

The Scottish Law Commission published its Report on Defamation, including a draft Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill in December 2017 as part of the Commission’s Ninth Programme of Law Reform. The report makes 49 separate recommendations. The Scottish Government is currently considering the Report and its recommendations and expects to be in a position shortly to indicate how it intends to proceed.