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Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the target times set for coroners’ courts in England to complete inquests are; and if he will make a statement. (232663)

There are no set target times for coroners in England to complete inquests. It is the responsibility of individual coroners, who are independent judicial office holders appointed by local authorities, to complete inquests as expeditiously as circumstances allow. In 2007 the average time taken to complete an inquest in England was 25 weeks.