Grieve requests Kelly death files
Attorney General Dominic Grieve has requested files relating to the death of weapons inspector David Kelly, it was reported.
Mr Grieve, the Government's senior law officer, was reported to have asked to see reports of the post-mortem examination carried out on Dr Kelly.
Earlier this month Mr Grieve said he would need to see new evidence before considering applying for a full inquest into Dr Kelly's death.
The Daily Mail reported that Mr Grieve had previously insisted he had no "investigative function" and that he could view the documents only if they were released to the public by Justice Secretary Ken Clarke.
But a spokeswoman for the Attorney General confirmed papers relating to Dr Kelly's death had arrived in his office.
"I really don't know exactly what they are, I just know that some papers came in, that's all," the spokeswoman said.
Dr Kelly's body was found in woods near his Oxfordshire home in July 2003 after he was identified as the source of a BBC story claiming the Government "sexed up" its now notorious dossier on Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction.
In the outcry that followed, Tony Blair appointed Lord Hutton to head a public inquiry into his death. Unusually, the then lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, ruled it should also act as an inquest.
Lord Hutton concluded Dr Kelly took his own life and that the principal cause of death was "bleeding from incised wounds to his left wrist which Dr Kelly had inflicted on himself with the knife found beside his body". He also found the scientist took an overdose of co-proxamol tablets - a painkiller commonly used for arthritis - and that he was suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition.
But there have been a number of calls for another examination of the case and earlier this month Mr Grieve told the Daily Telegraph: "We would like to resolve this in a way that can give the public reassurance."