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Armed Forces: Legal Opinion

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether armed forces chiefs receive allowances for the commissioning of legal advice. (172005)

There are no allowances payable to service personnel for the commissioning of legal advice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal advice is available to armed forces chiefs for official purposes; and whether such advice was sought before the invasion of Iraq in 2003. (172006)

Internal legal advice is available to armed forces chiefs from the legal branches of their respective services and from the MOD's Director General Legal Services as appropriate. Any such advice is subject to legal professional privilege.