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Law Officers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 26th April 2007.

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Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department 10:30 am, 26th April 2007

My hon. Friend makes a good point. As soon as the Serious Fraud Office took its decision to halt the investigation regarding BAE Systems, I came to the House—the Attorney-General went to the House of Lords—to explain the decision in person. There have been three debates in this House and three in the other place on that decision in which we have participated. We have corresponded with a large number of Members of both Houses. That happens only because the Law Officers are Members of Parliament, directly accountable to it for the work of the Serious Fraud Office and the other main prosecuting authorities. That would be lost if the Law Officers were taken out of the picture and out of Parliament.