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Coroners Bill

Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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Considered in Committee.

[Mr. RICHARD CRAWSHAW in the Chair]

Clause 1 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 2

Power To Hold Inquests In Areas Other Than That In Which The Body Lies

Amendments made: No. 1, in page 1, line 16, leave out from beginning to end of line 23 on page 2 and insert—

  • '(1) If it appears to a coroner that an in quest ought to be held on a body lying within his area but it is expedient that the inquest should be held by some other coroner he may request that coroner to assume jurisdiction to hold the inquest and if that coroner agrees he, and not the coroner within whose area the body is lying, shall have jurisdiction to hold the inquest.
  • (2) If the coroner who has been requested to assume jurisdiction declines to assume it the coroner who has made the request may apply to the Secretary of State for a direction designating the coroner who is to hold the inquest.'
  • No. 2, in page 2, line 24, leave out '(4)' and insert '(2)'.

    No. 3, in page 2, line 33, at end insert—

    ' (5A) Where jurisdiction to hold an inquest is assumed under this section it shall not be necessary to remove the body into the area of the coroner who is to hold the inquest.'.

    No. 4, in page 2, line 38, leave out ' (4) ' and insert ' (2) '.—[Mr. Budgen.]

    Clause 2, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

    Clause 3

    Provisions Supplementary To S 2

    Amendments made: No. 5, in page 3, line 2, leave out from ' inquest ' to ' section ' and insert ' under '

    No. 6, in page 3, line 17, leave out from ' inquest ' to ' to' in line 18 and insert ' under section 2 above '.

    No. 7, in page 3, line 25, leave out from ' jurisdiction ' to end of line and insert ' under '.—[ Mr. Budgen.]

    Clause 3, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

    Clause 4 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

    Clause 5

    Citation, Construction And Extent

    Amendment made: No. 8, in page 4, line 5, leave out from ' Act ' to end of line and insert

    ' extends to England and Wales only except that the repeal in section 30(2)( a) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1979 extends also to Northern Ireland '.—[ Mr. Budgen.]

    Clause 5, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

    Schedule 1

    Consequential Amendments

    Amendment made: No. 9, in page 5, line 18, at end insert—

    ' 5A. In section 21(1) of the said Act of 1926, for the words " upon the body", there shall be substituted the words " touching the death " '.—[Mr. Budgen.]

    Schedule 1, as amended, agreed to.

    Schedule 2

    Repeals

    Amendment made: No. 10, in page 5, line 45, at end insert—

    1979 c. 39The Merchant Shipping Act 1979.In section 30 (2)(a), the, words " on a dead body or ".'—[Mr. Budgen.]

    Schedule 2, as amended, agreed to.

    Bill reported, with amendments; as amended, considered.

    Motion made, and Question, That the Bill be now read the Third time, put

    forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 56 (Third Reading), and agreed to

    Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed.