§ Mr. Barnes
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will introduce proposals to remove legal professional privilege involved in the provision of advice to Government departments in the drafting of legislation.—
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
The Government has no plans to introduce any proposals to limit extent to which legal professional privilege applies to advice to Government departments. Legal professional privilege is a general principle of the common law which protects confidential communications with a legal adviser from disclosure in legal proceedings.