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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-03-01more like thismore than 2016-03-01
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Opinion: Disclosure of Information more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what criteria he uses when deciding whether to make public legal advice made available to Government; and on what occasions such legal advice has been made public since May 2015. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newport West remove filter
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Paul Flynn more like this
star this property uin 29279 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-07more like thismore than 2016-03-07
star this property answer text <p>It is a longstanding constitutional convention, set out in the Cabinet Manual and the Ministerial Code, that the fact that the Law Officers have advised or have not advised, and the content of their advice, must not be disclosed without their authority. The convention exists for fundamental constitutional reasons and to promote the public interest in the Rule of Law. Whether the Law Officers have advised and the content of that advice is part of the collective Cabinet decision-making process. The convention reflects the public interest in collective Cabinet responsibility. It also reflects the fact that Law Officers’ advice is confidential legal advice and, as with all professional legal advice, it is subject to legal professional privilege. In addition, it acknowledges the feature of Law Officers’ advice which sets it apart from other legal advice, namely that it is sought in relation to issues of particular complexity, sensitivity and constitutional importance. It is a matter of constitutional importance that the provision of advice in these circumstances should be protected in the public interest.</p><p> </p><p>A decision to disclose would require an exceptional countervailing public interest. No such case has arisen since May 2015.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Kenilworth and Southam remove filter
star this property answering member printed Jeremy Wright more like this
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less than 2016-03-07T15:42:28.27Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-07T15:42:28.27Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jeremy Wright more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Paul Flynn more like this