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Prosecutions

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the role of the Law Officers in relation to the conduct of prosecutions. (150578)

The Law Officers have a statutory duty to superintend the main prosecution authorities. That duty incorporates the expectation that we will be briefed on all serious or sensitive cases. During the period of consultation on the role of the Attorney-General we will not make any key decisions in individual criminal cases unless national security or the law requires it.