Coroners

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Leigh of Hurley Lord Leigh of Hurley Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deceased persons are currently being held by coroners in England awaiting registration of death.

Photo of Lord Leigh of Hurley Lord Leigh of Hurley Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current average waiting time between the arrival of a person whose death was unexplained with a coroner and issuing a death certificate.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

The Ministry of Justice collects statistics on deaths reported to coroners on an annual basis but does not have details of deaths that are under investigation. The Office of National Statistics publishes the number of registered deaths but does not distinguish between deaths referred to coroners and other deaths so it is not possible to determine the average waiting time.

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