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Inquests

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inquests there have been in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; and how many of them were held with a jury.

The information is as follows:

YearNumber of inquestsThousands Of which, number of inquests with a jury
197024·88·0
197124·47·8
197224·27·5
197324·67·6
197423·87·2
197523·46·6
197623·46·7
197722·76·0
1978*23·61·1
1979*23·70·9
* Section 56 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, which came into force on 1 January 1978, abolished the mandatory jury in cases of homicide and road traffic deaths.