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.
Information Resources: Corporate report: GLD, AGO, HMCPSI annual report and accounts 2018 to 2019 -
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 MPsOther Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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.
|Apr. 28||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Sep. 25||Urgent Questions||Legal Advice: Prorogation|
|Feb. 25||Written Statements||Reconsidering a Prosecution Decision: Revised CPS Guidance|
|Oct. 07||Westminster Hall||Rule of Law|
|Oct. 05||Adjournment Debate||Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme|
Attorney General has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.
22 Mar 2021
28 Jun 2021
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigative Powers of Prosecutors: Code of Practice) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
|Draft affirmative procedure|
|This Order brings into operation on 28th June 2021 a revised code of practice prepared by the Attorney General and the Advocate General for Northern Ireland under section 377A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“the Act”) in relation to England and Wales and Northern Ireland.|
8 Feb 2021
9 Feb 2021
Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Specified Proceedings) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Order 2021
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).|
|May. 11||Carer jailed for longer||News and Communications|
|May. 10||Heathrow environmental lawyer found in contempt by Supreme Court||News and Communications|
|May. 07||AGO: Special advisers' transparency data October-December 2020||Guidance and Regulation|
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.
|29 Apr 2021, midnight||Crown Prosecution Service: Training||Ellie Reeves (Labour - Lewisham West and Penge)|
Question to the Attorney General:
To ask the Attorney General, what mandatory training on domestic abuse CPS prosecutors have received in the last 12 months; what proportion of prosecutors have completed that training; and what evaluation has been undertaken on effectiveness of that training.
Answered by Lucy Frazer - Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
The Crown Prosecution Service takes cases of domestic abuse extremely seriously. CPS prosecutors undertake specific e-learning modules with domestic abuse training delivered to all new lawyers joining CPS Areas. In the past 12 months, 349 staff have completed evidence led prosecution e-learning and 303 advocates have completed the domestic abuse drills course (an advocacy-based course supporting prosecutors dealing with domestic abuse cases, which covers issues around bail, guilty pleas, special measures, and case management). In addition to these mandatory modules, wider training on domestic abuse is also available to prosecutors.
As part of an ambitious domestic abuse programme launched in January 2021, the CPS is working with sector experts to review the current e-learning modules, to create additional learning opportunities and share messages with staff. The recent Domestic Abuse Best Practice Framework Conference demonstrates how key information can be shared virtually with prosecutors.