MPs ‘have to wait and see’ on Leveson

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A SENIOR minister has insisted the Leveson Inquiry’s report will not be “quietly buried” but refused to say how the UK Government would consider the document ahead of its publication.

Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said he would put “substance before process” and wait for Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations before responding.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Wednesday that he wanted to make sure the response inquiry avoids the “point-scoring of party politics”.

But Labour claimed some Tory Cabinet ministers had been “publicly undermining” the ­Leveson inquiry.

Shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle said: “While some ministers might want to, this ­report should not be quietly buried by the government.

“Ministers must set out before publication the process for consideration of the report. There’s no need to wait until Lord ­Justice Leveson has reported.”

Mr Lansley told Ms eagle: “Let’s put substance before process, shall we, and find out what it is Lord Justice Leveson has to say.” “There is no prospect of it being ­quietly buried, as you said, and the ­government will respond as indeed the House will have a chance to discuss it, after it has been reported.”