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Dr David Kelly

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions took place between the Oxfordshire coroner and (a) her Department and (b) Lord Hutton before the coroner's decision to issue a death certificate for Dr. David Kelly on 18 August 2003. (74198)

The coroner did not issue a death certificate for Dr. David Kelly. It is the responsibility of the local registrar to issue death certificates or more properly certified copies of entries in the register of deaths.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2006, Official Report, column 1663W, on Dr. David Kelly, what the verdict of the inquest was; and on what date the verdict was announced. (73991)

There was no inquest verdict in the case of Dr. David Kelly. The coroner did not resume the inquest after it had been adjourned pending the Hutton inquiry.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what date the Oxfordshire coroner complied with the requirement of section 17A(6) of the Coroners Act 1988 in the case of the death of Dr. David Kelly; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the certificate required under this section. (74470)

The Oxfordshire coroner advises me that he notified the registrar on 16 March 2004 in accordance with the requirements of section 17A(6) of the Coroners Act 1988. I understand that notification would have contained personal information about Dr. Kelly and it would not be appropriate for it to be put into the public domain.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the categories of information available to Lord Hutton for his inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly in respect of which some or all information has been (a) withheld from the public and (b) destroyed. (74481)

None of the evidence submitted to Lord Hutton for his inquiry has been destroyed.

The website for the inquiry www.the-hutton-inquiry.org.uk contains a list of all evidence submitted to the inquiry. Where that evidence has been withheld from the public a reason has been given. Most of the evidence is, however, available to the public through the website.

The original documents supplied to the inquiry are held at the National Archives.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 3 May 2006, Official Report, column 1666W, on the Hutton inquiry, who took the decision that Lord Hutton did not need the formal powers of the 1921 Act in order to carry out a full and comprehensive inquiry. (70328)

The Lord Chancellor took the decision that Lord Hutton did not need the formal powers of the 1921 Act. It was made clear that if Lord Hutton required more powers he could ask for them. Lord Hutton did not make any request for more powers.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) which Government Departments were issued copies of the Hutton Report following its publication; and how many copies were distributed to each: (74645)

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many copies of the Hutton Report were printed; how many were sold; at what price; how many were obtained by No. 10 Downing Street; and to whom they were issued.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right. hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Southend, West (Mr. Amess), on 3 February 2004, Official Report, column 758W.