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Statement from Chair Julian Knight: Economics of music streaming inquiry

1 December 2020

The committee has released a statement after hearing that potential witnesses for the committee's Economics of Music Streaming inquiry are reluctant to speak in public and fear action may be taken against them.

Chair's statement

DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP has said:

“We have been told by many different sources that some of the people interested in speaking to us have become reluctant to do so because they fear action may be taken against them if they speak in public. 

“I would like to say that we would take a very dim view if we had any evidence of anyone interfering with witnesses to one of our inquiries. No-one should suffer any detriment for speaking to a Parliamentary Committee and anyone deliberately causing harm to one of our witnesses would be in danger of being in contempt of this House. 

“This Committee will brook no such interference and will not hesitate to name and shame anyone proven to be involved in such activity.

“Anyone who wants to come forward to speak on this issue or any other issues should get in touch with the Committee and will be treated in confidence.”

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