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Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his definition is of a working day in connection with a coroner’s responsibility to contact next of kin with reference to his Department’s latest draft charter for the bereaved. (160488)

The definition of a working day in the draft Charter is any day between Monday and Friday inclusive, with the exception of Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday in England and Wales under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971. I intend to publish the draft Charter at the same time as the Coroners Bill is introduced. This will enable Members to see a summary of how the measures in the Bill will benefit bereaved families. There will be further opportunities for consultation on the draft Charter in the future, following Royal Assent of the Bill, and before reform is fully implemented.