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Courts Martial

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Solicitor-General on (1) what dates correspondence was sent by the Attorney-General to the Ministry of Defence on the subject of prosecutions of officers on active service; and if he will place copies of the correspondence in the Library; (122277)

(2) if he will publish the letter of the Attorney-General sent to the Secretary of State for Defence on 23 March 2005 concerning prosecutions of members of the armed forces.

[holding answer 22 February 2007]: The Attorney-General and the Secretary of State for Defence have corresponded about issues relating to military justice. Parts of this correspondence were disclosed in civil litigation proceedings and were referred to in the related Court of Appeal judgment. The correspondence comprises confidential communications between Ministers of a kind exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. There is therefore no intention to publish the correspondence.