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Clause 65

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 13th May 2008.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Liberal Democrat, Somerton and Frome 6:45 pm, 13th May 2008

Amendment No. 180 is an attempt to ensure that where these special procedures apply, an inquest is held in the place in which it would normally have been held. That is to say that, if it were a matter coming before the coroner in London, the inquest would be held in London. If it would normally have been held in Somerset, it would be held in Somerset. That is important for the victim’s family and other witnesses.

It would not be appropriate simply because of the circumstances of the case for the inquest to be whisked away to Paddington Green or somewhere in order to be held even more remotely from the normal arrangements. I hope that the Minister can give me an assurance as to how guidance will be issued to the various authorities that determine where an inquest is held, and that the normal circumstances and arrangements for an inquest will be as I suggested.