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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

It is premature to speculate on precisely what will happen in this case. The police file has gone to the CPS, and the hon. Gentleman will appreciate the fact that the Law Officers have not yet seen any of the evidence. The Attorney-General has said that if he is consulted he will take advice from senior independent counsel. He has undertaken to consult Opposition spokesmen for the Law Officers' role on the choice of counsel. He has said that if the decision is taken not to prosecute, he would wish to publish counsel's advice in so far as it is in accord with the principles of justice. That will ensure that the whole process is as objective and transparent as possible.