Mediawatchwatch reckons the government’s response means the blasphemy law is on the way out. Here’s what the Ministry of Justice representative said:
Against that background, I can say that we have every sympathy for the case for formal abolition. However, we believe it necessary to consult the Anglican Church before bringing forward a provision that particularly affects it. That is what we are now doing urgently. Subject to that consultation, which I can assure hon. Members will be short and sharp, the Government intend to bring forward amendments in another place to achieve the aims of new clause 1.
Which does sound a little more active than first impressions suggested. Good stuff.