The constitutional role of the Attorney General: fifth report of session 2006-07, report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence

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This report identifies the inherent tension within the role of the Attorney General where political, ministerial functions have to balanced with the provision of independent legal advice and the supervision of the prosecution service. Although there is a need for accountability to Parliament and the public for the duties carried out, there is also a need for reform to ensure clear lines of responsibility and remove the suspicion of political pressure. The Committee therefore recommend that the duties of the Attorney General be split. The purely legal functions should be carried out by an official who is outside party political life, whilst a minister in the Ministry of Justice should carry out the ministerial duties.

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