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Unnatural Deaths

Volume 23: debated on Friday 14 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report the annual figures for each of the last five years until the latest date for which figures are available (a) the total number of unnatural deaths resulting in inquests, (b) the total number of coroners' court cases concerning unnatural deaths where a jury was mandatory, (c) the total number of cases concerning unnatural deaths where the coroner sat alone and (d) the total number of such cases where the coroner exercised his discretion to empanel a jury.

The information available on (a) and (c) is published for the years 1970 to 1980 in tables 5 and 6 of the Home Office statistical bulletin "Coroners' Statistics: England and Wales 1980", Issue 10/81, a copy of which is in the Library of the House. Information is not available centrally on (b) and (d).