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Complainant Name:
The Ministry of Justice

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

The Ministry of Justice complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a number of inaccuracies about Helen Grant's involvement in issues relating to legal aid, raising a breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

Resolution:

While the newspaper did not agree that its article was in breach of the Code, the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following wording:

Further to our article "Law reform minister's firm paid 200,000 from legal aid" of 29 June, the MoJ have asked to make clear that they dispute that Ms Grant is involved in decision-making on legal aid. The MoJ says that Ms Grant does not answer questions specifically on legal aid in Parliament. The MoJ also says that the Equality Advisory and Support Service, which Ms Grant launched, is intended to advise individuals on discrimination issues, not merely to provide information on how to start a legal aid claim.

Date Published: 03/10/2013



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