'Small-scale blogs' could be exempt from press regulation

Conservative Home Office minister Lord Taylor suggested 'mall-scale' blogs could be exempt from new press regulations. Credit: DPA

The Government has tabled an amendment in the House of Lords to exclude "small-scale" blogs from a new scheme of press regulation.

The short amendment, put forward by Home Office minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach, is expected to be debated tonight when peers discuss additions to the Crime and Courts Bill that would allow for exemplary damages and the awarding of costs against publishers who choose not to join a new regulator.

Lord Taylor's amendment would add "a person who publishes a small-scale blog" to the list of people and organisations who will be exempted from the new regulatory regime.

The list already includes bodies such as the BBC, book publishers and people who produce business newsletters.