HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 cc77-8W
Mr. Dalyell

To ask the Solicitor-General if the Attorney-General will release his full opinion on the legality of the war in Iraq to Parliament before the Butler Committee has reported. [155100]

The Solicitor-General

No. As I indicated in my reply to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Llew Smith) of 23 October 2003,Official Report, column 693W, there is a long-standing convention, observed by successive Governments, that advice which the Law Officers have given to the Government is not publicly disclosed. This is consistent with paragraphs 2 and 4(d) of Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.