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Coroners: Armed Forces

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the dates in chronological order are of the inquests of (a) Guardsman Simon Davison, (b) Guardsman Daniel Probyn, (c) Guardsman Neil Downes, (d) Guardsman Daryl Hickey and (e) Guardsman David Atherton of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. (162157)

Guardsman Davison’s inquest opened on 8 November in the South Staffordshire coroner’s jurisdiction. No dates have yet been fixed for the inquests into the deaths of Guardsmen Probyn, Downes, Hickey and Atherton, who died in Afghanistan between 23 May and 26 July this year. These inquests will be held in the Black Country, the South Manchester, the Birmingham and Solihull and the Manchester city coroners’ jurisdictions respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the dates in chronological order are of the inquests of (a) Private Chris Gray, (b) Lance Corporal George Russell Davey, (c) Corporal Darren Bonner, (d) Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins, (e) Private Tony Rawson, (f) Captain David Hicks, (g) Private Aaron James McClure, (h) Private Robert Graham Foster and (i) Private John Thrumble of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. (162158)

Lance Corporal Davey’s inquest was held on 2 November 2007 in the Greater Suffolk coroner’s jurisdiction, and the verdict was accidental death. No dates have yet been fixed for the inquests into the deaths of the other service personnel mentioned in the question who died in Afghanistan between 13 April and 23 August 2007. The inquests into the deaths of Private Chris Gray, Corporal Bonner, Lance Corporal Hawkins and Private Rawson will be held in the Leicester City and South Leicestershire, North London, Greater Norfolk and East London coroners’ jurisdictions respectively. The inquests into Captain Hicks and the inquests into Privates McClure, Foster and Thrumble will be held together in the Wiltshire and Swindon coroner’s jurisdiction.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the dates in chronological order are of the inquests of (a) Private Ben Ford, (b) Private Damian Wright, (c) Private Johan Botha, (d) Sergeant Craig Brelsford, (e) Private Brian Tunnicliffe of 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment and (f) Colour Sergeant Phillip Newman of 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment. (162159)

No dates have yet been fixed for the inquests into the deaths of these service personnel who died in Afghanistan between 5 and 20 September this year. Their inquests will all be held in the Wiltshire coroner's jurisdiction.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the dates in chronological order are of the inquests of (a) Lance Corporal Paul Sandford, (b) Drummer Thomas Wright and (c) Captain Sean Dolan of the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters. (162160)

No dates have yet been fixed for the inquests into the deaths of these service personnel who died in Afghanistan between 6 June and 30 June this year. Their inquests will be heard in the Nottinghamshire, Derby and South Derbyshire and the Cheshire coroners' jurisdictions respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the dates in chronological order are of the inquests of (a) Corporal Mike Gilyeat of Royal Military Police, (b) Sergeant Dave Wilkinson of 19 Regiment Royal Artillery, (c) Sergeant Barry Keen of 14 Signal Regiment, (d) Corporal Ivano Violino of 36 Engineer Regiment and (e) Major Alexis Roberts of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles. (162161)

No dates have yet been fixed for the inquests into the deaths of these service personnel who died in Afghanistan between 30 May and 4 October this year. The inquests into the deaths of Corporal Gilyeat, Sergeant Wilkinson and Major Roberts will be heard in the Wiltshire and Swindon coroner's jurisdiction. Sergeant Keen's and Corporal Violino's inquests will be heard in the Gateshead and South Tyneside and the North West Kent coroners' jurisdictions respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many military inquests have not been completed. (162644)

As of 9 November, 122 military inquests of fatalities from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have not yet been completed. Four inquests have been completed since the written ministerial statement published in both Houses on 30 October. Full details of progress with the overseas military inquests are set out in that statement.