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Justice written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms his Department has put in place to monitor the performance of local coroners.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice collects annual statistics on the workload of coroners under section 28 of the Coroner Act 1988. The information collected includes the number of deaths reported to each coroner in each year, post-mortem examinations and inquests held, verdicts returned at inquests, the time taken to conclude inquests, and finds reported under the Treasure Act 1996. The latest set of statistics collected relate to 2010 and were published in May 2011 on the Ministry of Justice website at

The Ministry also publishes quarterly written ministerial statements with details of the inquests of service personnel who have died in operations and exercises overseas, the latest of which can be found on the Parliament website at and twice yearly summaries of reports issued by coroners and responses received under Rule 43 of the Coroners Rules 1984 (as amended), the latest of which can be found on the Ministry's website at

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