Responsibility for the Censorship of Publications Board is to be transferred from the Minister for Justice to the Minister for Arts.

The change comes after a member of the public lodged a complaint about a novel by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

A Government spokesperson said the move was being made in part because it was more logical to have the Department of Arts in charge, and in part to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest.

The change was suggested by Minister Shatter, whose novel Laura is being republished. At least one member of the public is understood to have lodged a complaint with the board about it.