Ministers Intervening in Inquests
There have been votes in Parliament on the powers of ministers to intervene in inquests. Specific votes were held on questions including if the Secretary of State ought be able to order a coroner's inquest to take place without a jury and if a minister ought be able to suspend a coroner's inquest.
Lord Watts consistently voted for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests
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On 12 Nov 2009:
Lord Watts voted no on Coroners and Justice Bill — Schedule 1 — Explicit Approval of Lord Chief Justice Required for Minister to Suspend Coroner's Inquiry -rejected
On 9 Nov 2009:
Lord Watts voted to allow the Lord Chancellor (a minister) to suspend an inquest and replace it with an inquiry and to allow the use of intercepted communications evidence in inquests.
On 26 Jan 2009:
Lord Watts voted no on Coroners and Justice Bill — Condemn the Coroners and Justice Bill — rejected
On 10 Jun 2008:
Lord Watts voted no on Counter-Terrorism Bill — Disallow inquests without a jury in England and Wales — rejected
On 10 Jun 2008:
Lord Watts voted no on Counter Terrorism Bill — Lord Chief Justice to appoint "special coroners" — rejected
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