Friday, July 16, 1999 Published at 20:55 GMT 21:55 UK
Blairs' school complaint upheld
At the cente of the controversy: Sacred Heart School in Hammersmith
The Press Complaints Commission has upheld a complaint by Tony and Cherie Blair against the Mail on Sunday over a report about the schooling of their daughter.
The article, published six months ago, suggested 10-year-old Kathryn Blair had been given preference over local applicants because she was the prime minister's child.
The PCC said: "There was no evidence to support the allegation that Kathryn Blair was unfairly admitted or had received special treatment, and the newspaper did not provide any.
"Yet, by repeating unsubstantiated allegations about her, the story was presented in a way which implied she had."
However the ruling added: "It is manifestly the role and responsibility of the press to scrutinise government policies and the conduct of those responsible for them.
"In appropriate cases this might provide the exceptional public interest justification required by the (PCC) Code (to allow publication)".
Right to privacy
The prime minister's official spokesman said the Blairs welcomed the watchdog's ruling.
He added: "They hope it will ensure that their children and the children of other public figures will in future enjoy the same right to complete their schooling in the privacy to which all children are entitled."
"We defended them because we strongly believe that the press should be free to report such matters.
"At every stage great care was taken to ensure that we did not publish any information about the prime minister's daughter that was not already in the public domain.
"At the same time the Mail on Sunday passionately supports self regulation of the press and will be publishing the Press Complaints Commission adjudication in full."