Coroners: Cambridgeshire

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Conservative, Huntingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the effect of the proposed merger of the South and West Cambridgeshire and North and East Cambridgeshire and Peterborough coroner areas on the time taken for completion of investigations and inquests.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Conservative, Huntingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) coroners, (b) deputy coroners and (c) coroner's staff are employed in (i) South and West Cambridgeshire and (ii) North and East Cambridgeshire and Peterborough coroner areas; and what estimate he has made of how many such employees will be working in the new area after the proposed merger of those areas.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice and the Chief Coroner are clear that the amalgamation of coroner areas, usually after Senior Coroner retirements, improves the consistency and standard of services and can deliver savings.

The Ministry of Justice is currently carrying out a consultation to assess the impact of the proposed amalgamation of the South and West Cambridgeshire, North and East Cambridgeshire and Peterborough coroner areas. All individuals and organisations identified as being potentially affected by the merger have been invited to respond. We will consider all responses after the consultation closes on Monday, 16 February.

The table below sets out the number of senior coroners (formerly “coroners”), Assistant Coroners (formerly “deputy or assistant deputy coroners”) and coroner’s officers in the South and West Cambridgeshire, North and East Cambridgeshire and Peterborough coroner areas and in the proposed amalgamated area.

South and West Cambridgeshire

North and East Cambridgeshire

Peterborough

Proposed amalgamated area

No. of Senior Coroners

1 part-time

1 part-time

1 part-time

1 full-time

No. of Assistant Coroners

3

3 (1 also covers South and West Cambridgeshire)

2

5

Number of Coroner’s Officers

5 (shared across the two Cambridgeshire areas)

2

7

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