This is the Government response to the Justice Committee report on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill (provisions relating to the Attorney General) which published on 24 June 2008. The Government maintains the view that the Attorney General should remain the Government’s chief legal adviser, a Minister and member of one of the Houses of Parliament, and that the Attorney General should continue as the Minister responsible for superintending the prosecuting authorities. While it acknowledges that changes are needed to clarify the role of the Attorney General but it is believed no change in the law is required to bring about these significant reforms. The Government has therefore decided not to bring forward any legislation relating to the Attorney General.
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