Following recent controversy over the position and role of the Attorney-General (A-G), the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee has decided to inquire into the constitutional position of the A-G and how the office of A-G operates.
Recent controversies involving the A-G include his involvement in the provision of advice to the government on the legality of the Iraq war and his intervention in a Serious Fraud Office investigation into the dealings of defence firm BAE.

With questions growing around the A-G's involvement in the "cash for honours" affair, the time seemed ripe for the Constitutional Affairs Committee to launch an investigation into the office of A-G.

The Committee are studying, in particular, the role that the A-G should play in relation to upholding the rule of law and the relationship between the role of A-G and Lord Chancellor in that context.

There are some arguments in favour of the status quo, with some suggesting that it is to the public benefit that the A-G is a political insider, with the Government more likely to accept his advice and recommendations since he is 'one of them'.

However, following on from recent reforms to the position of Lord Chancellor (intended to address concerns about the sanctity of the separation of power between the Executive and the Justiciary), it seems likely that some sort of reforms will follow soon. Indeed, the current Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, recently remarked that it is difficult to see how the status quo can be maintained.

It certainly looks as if the Government is set to continue with its constitutional reform programme - willingly or otherwise.