Dear Ministry of Justice,

In 1948, the Porter Committee published a Report of the Committee on the Law of Defamation (Command Paper 7536). This document is not available on the gov.uk/official-documents repository, the UK Parliament website, nor in commercial legal databases.

Please supply a copy of the Porter Report in an electronic format - PDF is preferred.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Sharp

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BERT GEISHERD left an annotation ()

Your request will be turned down, as the item you wish is a published document-thus, the information is "reasonably available" elsewhere- a reason for MoJ to refuse.
The report is available in any academic library taking parliamentary papers as an IT package from Gale, the market leaders in digitisation. The London School of Economics ,for instance,as PPs online- if you can get access to a library with this, any document can be downloaded.
In addition, there is one copy of the report available secondhand for £7.75 plus postage on Abebooks, an online site for secondhand books.
Your request is also likely to be turned down on grounds of cost-MoJ do not have to stump up for digitisation of the Report-it would go over the cost limit.

Robert Sharp left an annotation ()

Thanks for the comment. My issue is that the academic libraries I’ve searched do *not* have a version that is easily accessible during COVID-19, so I hoped that they might bend the rules. I had not seen the Abebooks version.

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Dear Mr Sharp,

 

Please see attached.

 

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Dear Civil Justice Policy Inbox,

Thank you for this too. Equally helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Sharp