By Tom Watson MP. 30 January 2013
I have been bombarded with questions about the use of D-Notices in relation to a parliamentary question I asked about an historic child abuse case. I wrote to the secretary of the D-Notice committee. The Minister, Mark Francois, has given a comprehensive reply.
I hope this puts an end to the large amount of inaccurate speculation made on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Personally, I would have been happier if the text of the relevant D-Notice had been published. Also, the letter states that ‘National Media’ are given this advice, The Alternative media is not, so I don’t know how Mark Francois MP expects us to attain the “normal professional standards of reporting” when we are denied the information that the National Media receives.