Oral Answers to Questions — Death Certification.

– in the House of Commons at on 26 April 1923.

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Photo of Mr George Warne Mr George Warne , Wansbeck


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that the Departmental Committee on Coroners' Law reported in 1909 that the present law of death certification offers every opportunity for premature burial and every facility for the concealment of crime, and that a great deal of the law relating to coroners dates from the thirteenth century and is not well suited to the changed conditions of modern life; and, in the presence of these statements and the fact that laws relating to coroners are comprised in about 30 Acts of Parliament, what steps is he taking to codify the law on this important subject?

Photo of Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson , Wood Green

A Bill to consolidate and amend the law relating to Coroners is in course of preparation, but my right hon. Friend cannot say when it will be possible to introduce it.