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Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the occasions since 1973 on which the advice of the Attorney-General to Ministers was (a) published in full, (b) published in summary form and (c) reported orally to either House of Parliament. [115474]

It has been the practice of successive Governments not to publish advice from the Attorney-General.Ministers of this Government are not accountable for what happened under previous Administrations. However, under this Government for example, as the hon. Member will be aware, the Attorney-General made a statement on 17 March setting out his views on the legality of the use of armed force against Iraq. The Attorney-General's advice was not disclosed.