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Legal Professional Privilege

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will introduce proposals to remove legal professional privilege involved in the provision of advice to Government departments in the drafting of legislation.—[113008]

The Government has no plans to introduce any proposals to limit extent to which legal professional privilege applies to advice to Government departments. Legal professional privilege is a general principle of the common law which protects confidential communications with a legal adviser from disclosure in legal proceedings.