London Bombings

Home Department written question – answered on 18th April 2006.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his Department's discussions with (a) the victims, (b) the families of victims and (c) groups that represent the victims and their families of the terrorist arracks on 7 July 2005.

Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

As Minister responsible for the aftercare of victims, I have been asked to reply to this question.

Last year I invited representatives of all 52 bereaved families to meet me. As a result of this I met with family members and partners of 25 of the 52 people who lost their lives, at three meetings arranged by my Department in the autumn, to discuss their experiences and the lessons we might learn. I also met with several other bereaved families after the service of remembrance on the 1 November 2005, which my Department arranged. Since 7 July, I have been in contact with representatives of 37 of those who died. Officials from my Department attended the most recent bereaved support group meeting at the 7 July Assistance Centre and my Department is consulting with family members on proposals for a permanent memorial. I have extended an open invitation to any family members who wish to meet me on a more personal basis to do so at any time.

I met with a number of survivors at the service of remembrance and have arranged a series of more formal meetings, involving the Metropolitan Police and 7 July Assistance Centre, over the coming months.

My Department will also be involving bereaved families and survivors in our plans for a fitting act of commemoration on 7 July this year.

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