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David Cameron said there is "nothing as tough or rigorous" as the Leveson Inquiry in handling the controversy over Jeremy Hunt's handling of the BSkyB takeover bid.
The Prime Minister added that the Culture Secretary's special advisor was "right to resign".
David Cameron said Jeremy Hunt "asked for independent advice and acted on it" on the BSkyB takeover bid after Labour were granted an urgent question about the Culture Secretary in the House of Commons.
Labour believes it is the first time a Prime Minister has been summoned to the House since urgent questions were introduced a decade ago.
A senior party source said: "He should have not have been dragged. He should be doing the right thing."
David Cameron has cancelled a scheduled visit to Milton Keynes following the granting of the urgent question, aides said.
Labour has been granted an urgent question in the Commons today on why the Prime Minister has not referred Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to his independent adviser on ministerial interests.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said the issue over Mr Hunt reflected on the "character of the Government" and there was "clear evidence" that he had breached the ministerial code in "at least three ways".
Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry has called on David Cameron to "get rid of" Jeremy Hunt and concentrate on the country's double dip recession.
David Cameron has offered qualified support to Jeremy Hunt, who is facing calls for his resignation over his handling of the BSkyB deal.
"As things stand, I don't believe Jeremy Hunt broke the ministerial code," Mr Cameron said, but he added that he could yet order an independent investigation after the Culture Secretary has given evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.
He has been resisting demands to call in his independent adviser on ministerial interests, Sir Alex Allan, arguing that the issue should be left to Lord Justice Leveson.
On Monday Labour will demand the Prime Minister comes before the Commons to make a statement on Mr Hunt and the ministerial code.
Labour leader Ed Miliband believes Mr Cameron is failing to enforce the ministerial code and must explain himself to MPs.
A Labour source said: "David Cameron is still trying to hide behind the Leveson Inquiry.
"With Parliament breaking up on Tuesday, Mr Cameron must come to the Commons and explain to the British people why he is ducking his responsibilities to enforce the ministerial code."
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