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Speaker: Hunt must face MPs' questions

The Speaker of the House of Commons has effectively ordered Jeremy Hunt to face MPs’ question about his dealings with News Corporation.

Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader and shadow culture secretary prompted the Speaker's intervention.

She had asked the Speaker whether it was acceptable for a minister to refuse to answer parliamentary questions on the grounds that he would be giving evidence in due course to an inquiry.

Hunt has refused to answer questions about what he knew about the contacts between his special adviser and News Corp, saying he will address this in his evidence to Leveson.

I do believe this House should be pre-eminent. It should be treated by whomsoever is in Government with courtesy and consideration.

It should be regarded as a priority and a matter of honour to keep the House informed and to facilitate the House in the discharge of its scrutiny function.

I do not dissent from anything you have said.

– John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons