Reducing Baby Loss — [James Gray in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:29 am on 20th July 2021.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons) 10:29 am, 20th July 2021

Each year, 1,200 babies are stillborn, and a third of those die after a full-term pregnancy. We know how important coroners’ inquiries can be in getting to the truth and preventing future deaths, but they are currently unable to investigate stillbirths. Does my hon. Friend think it would be helpful if the Government now responded to the 2019 consultation on extending coronial powers to cover stillbirths, so that some of that important investigative work can contribute to attempts to reduce the number of stillbirths in this country?