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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 Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock 10:30 am, 26th April 2007

I take a different view entirely. I think that all Ministers, not only Law Officers, should not be Members of the House. That is part of the problem. If I am the Minister for paper clips and statues, the only thing that I can talk about is paper clips and statues. If I am a Government Whip, I cannot say anything at all—I tell a lie; I could move that the House adjourns. We want Ministers out of the House, but we want to bring them to account in the House for their stewardship, whether they are Law Officers, Foreign Office Ministers or Home Secretaries.