However her appearance before that committee is in doubt now, as legal conditions following a police arrest may prevent them discussing some issues. Ms Brooks’ own spokesman said: “her arrest will make her apperance before the committee pretty tricky.”
Mr Bryant, a former Labour MP Chris Bryant, said he was delighted that she had been arrested but wished it had been done sooner: “I thought she should have been arrested back in 2003 when she said that she had paid police officers for information because that is bribery and corruption.
However he told Channel 4 News that he “had a sneaking suspicion about the timing of the arrest being remarkably convenient”.
However he added: “But if anybody at News International thinks that this means Parliament will not be able to ask it questions, they’ve got another think coming.”
The Operation Weeting team is conducting the new investigation into phone hacking, and Operation Elveden is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police.