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Scottish Parliament

First Minister Alex Salmond said the Scottish Parliament should decide whether or not a new system of press regulation is backed up by the law on 4 December 2012.

The first minister said whatever type of voluntary self-regulation model was devised by the press in the wake of Leveson, it was necessary for the Scottish Parliament to set the criteria by which any new body could be underpinned in Scots law.

He said: "The recommendations require serious distinctive consideration within Scotland. They cannot just be left to Westminster."

MSPs were debating the findings of the Lord Justice Leveson's report into press ethics.

Mr Salmond said Strathclyde police have details of 26 potential victims of phone hacking following the News of the World scandal and 180 potential victims of illegal data access.

He again said an independent implementation group to be chaired by a recent or current Court of Session judge should be established.

"I can confirm that all parties here at Holyrood are welcome to suggest non-practising political representatives as potential members of that implementation group," he said.

Opposition parties questioned whether or not Scotland needs a separate regulator to the rest of the UK and warned against against "pre-judging" the outcome of the independent group.

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said: "I will go into talks with the First Minister if he makes a commitment he is ruling nothing out at this stage."

Ms Lamont said the response to Leveson's report must not become part of the independence debate.

The Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said if the first minister was genuine in his support for a self regulated system, then he could not force newspapers to take part in his "McLeveson plan". The second part of the debate can be viewed below:

Leveson report debate 2


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