Royal Charter on the Self-Regulation of the Press – Implications for Scotland


The implications for Scotland of the Royal Charter on the Self-Regulation of the Press are to be considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

The Royal Charter was established following the inquiry by Lord Justice Leveson and aims to deliver an independent press regulator throughout the United Kingdom. The Committee will examine what the Charter will mean in practice for newspapers in Scotland.

Committee Convener Stewart Maxwell MSP said:

“It is vital that the relevance and implications of the Royal Charter in Scotland are fully examined and better understood. All members of the Committee are fully committed to looking at this issue on a cross-party basis.

“Something which profoundly affects how the newspaper industry operates in Scotland must be discussed openly, in-depth and in public. Our consideration will do just that.”


The regulation of the press and publishing (including online material) is a devolved matter and comes within the remit of the Education and Culture Committee in the Scottish Parliament.

The Royal Charter on the Self-Regulation of the Press was announced by the Prime Minister on Monday 18 March 2013. This followed an inquiry by Lord Justice Leveson on the role of the press.

The Education and Culture Committee will take evidence in late April. More detail of its work will be made available in due course.

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