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Inquests

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the occasions on which an inquest has been adjourned under section 17A of the Coroners Act 1988; and how many deaths were involved in each case. (83735)

Inquests have been adjourned under section 17A of the Coroners Act 1988 on four occasions: (1) Ladbroke Grove Rail Crash—inquests involving 31 deaths adjourned in February 2000; (2) deaths connected with Dr. Harold Shipman—inquests totalling 311 were adjourned in May 2001 and July 2002; (3) Dr. David Kelly—inquest adjourned in August 2003; (4) the Gaul fishing vessel—inquests involving four deaths were adjourned in November 2003.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to her answer of 26 June 2006, Official Report, column 305W, on inquests, how many inquests have been adjourned since 1 January 1997 because of the creation of an inquiry; and how many of these were subsequently (a) resumed and (b) not resumed. (83774)

A total of 347 inquests have been adjourned under section 17A of the Coroners Act 1988 since 1 January 1997 following the setting up of an inquiry. None of these inquests has been resumed.