Attorney General

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) provides legal advice and support to the Attorney General and the Solicitor General (the Law Officers) who give legal advice to government. The AGO helps the Law Officers perform other duties in the public interest, such as looking at sentences which may be too low.


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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Michael Ellis MP
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)

Suella Braverman MP
Attorney General


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

26 Oct 2020, 12:58 p.m.
As well as giving legal advice to government, the Law Officers perform other duties in the public interest, such as looking at sentences which may be too low. Read more about what we do: https://t.co/cE2QbSXIuA - Link
23 Oct 2020, 1:44 p.m.
The @UKSFO has published guidance on how it approaches Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs). Have a read on their website https://t.co/jJfCywfaVm https://t.co/Tlcnl3xOWG - Link
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Attorney General Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Apr. 28 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 25 Urgent Questions Legal Advice: Prorogation
Oct. 07 Westminster Hall Rule of Law
Oct. 05 Adjournment Debate Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme
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Attorney General has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.


Attorney General - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
2 Jun 2020
In Force
Not stated
Attorney General Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Specified Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order is made under section 3 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (c. 23). Section 3 sets out the functions of the Director of Public Prosecutions. These include taking over the conduct of all criminal proceedings instituted on behalf of a police force, unless the proceedings are specified in an Order made by the Attorney General under section 3(3).
Laid
2 Jun 2020
In Force
Not stated
Attorney General Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Specified Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order is made under section 3 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (c. 23). Section 3 sets out the functions of the Director of Public Prosecutions. These include taking over the conduct of all criminal proceedings instituted on behalf of a police force, unless the proceedings are specified in an Order made by the Attorney General under section 3(3).
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Attorney General Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Oct. 20 West London burglar jailed for longer News and Communications
Oct. 15 Media advisory notice – embargoed judgments News and Communications
Oct. 08 Fraudulent calls alert News and Communications
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Attorney General Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
26 Oct 2020, 1:02 p.m. Baroness Kramer (Liberal Democrat - Life peer) Baroness Kramer (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Attorney General:

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

Answered by Baroness Scott of Bybrook - Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

In line with reporting protocol and for disclosure control purposes, BAME figures for the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland cannot be disclosed due to the small population. The Office of the Advocate General for Scotland has 5 members of staff total at SCS grade.

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