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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice
(1) what plans he has to review the law relating to presumption of death provisions;
(2) what practical assistance is given to those whose loved ones are missing presumed dead;
(3) what arrangements are in place to allow all lines of police enquiry and evidence to be pursued before any decision regarding presumption of death can be made; and if he will make a statement.
I refer my hon. Friend to my written statement of
Any application under existing procedures or under the new Presumption of Death Act 2013 will need to be supported by evidence as to the probable death of the missing person or of the person having been missing for seven years. What is required in any given case will depend on the circumstances but is likely to include the outcome of any police investigation.