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Coroners: Wiltshire

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) average and (b) longest time was between a coroner being asked to hold a treasure inquest and the start of the inquest for finds from Wiltshire in 2007; and if he will make a statement. (255535)

The Ministry of Justice collects statistics on the number of finds under the Treasure Act 1996 reported to coroners in England and Wales during each calendar year, the number of treasure inquests concluded during the year and, of these, the number of verdicts of treasure returned. Information is not collected on the time taken to conduct treasure inquests.

The statistics show that 16 finds under the Treasure Act were reported to the coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon during 2007. 11 treasure inquests were concluded during the year, all of which resulted in a verdict of treasure.