Death Certificates

Justice written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the case for bringing forward legislative proposals for England based on the Presumption of Death (Scotland) Act 1977 to create a single certificate in the event of a person being presumed dead.

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

We are currently considering the recommendations for the creation of a certificate of presumed death made by the Justice Select Committee in its report of 22 February 2012 on ‘Presumption of Death’ and by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults in the report of its inquiry into support for families of missing persons published in July 2011. We hope to announce our initial conclusions in our response to the Select Committee report.

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