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Coroners Act 1988

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) charged and (b) convicted in each of the last 10 years under the Coroners Act 1988. (178571)

Coroners, jurors and medical practitioners may be charged and convicted under sections 3, 9, 10 and 21 of the Coroners Act. Records are not held centrally of any offences under the Act and as a result we are unable to provide details of the numbers of jurors and medical practitioners who have been charged or convicted. We do know, however, that during the past 10 years no coroner has been charged or convicted under section 3(5) of the Coroners Act which provides that a coroner found guilty of corruption, wilful neglect of duty or misbehaviour in the discharge of his duty shall be liable to conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine or to both.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings he had with his officials on the subject of the Coroners Act 1988 in each of the last three months; and what was discussed at these meetings. (178574)

Ministers regularly have meetings with and receive advice from officials on the whole range of the Department's portfolio.