Publication date for Leveson report

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The report from the first part of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards is to be released next Thursday.

The much-debated report is expected to include chairman Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations on the future regulation of the British press.

David Cameron set up the inquiry in July last year in response to revelations that the News of the World commissioned a private detective to hack murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone after she disappeared in 2002.

The first part, which started in September last year, looked at the culture, practices and ethics of the press and its final report will be published on November 29.

Lord Justice Leveson will publish the report at 1.30pm, followed by an “on-camera statement”. It will then be laid in both Houses of Parliament. A small number of people in the Government, expected to include the Prime Minister, will be given limited access to the report up to a day before.

After publication, Mr Cameron will make a statement and MPs will debate it on Monday, December 3.