Constitutional Affairs Committee

Press notice No.14 of Session 2005-06


Reform of the coroners system and death certification

The Constitutional Affairs Committee is to hold the first two evidence sessions of its inquiry into the 'Reform of the coroners system and death certification'. The inquiry was announced on 20 January 2006 ( Press Notice12, Session 2005-06) and will consider:

»what problems there are with the existing system

»proposals for reform

»the alternatives to the current system as practised in other jurisdictions

Details of the evidence sessions are as follows:

Tuesday 7 February, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House4.30pm
Michael Burgess, HM Coroner for Surrey

Rt Hon Dame Janet Smith DBE

Tuesday 25 April, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Tom Luce CB, Chair of the 2003 Review of Coroner Services

Details of further evidence sessions will be announced in due course.

Transcripts of the sessions will be available on the Reports and Publications page of the Committee's website:

1. Press notice 12, 20 January 2006 is  available on the Committee's website
2. Death Certification and Investigation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, The Report of a Fundamental Review 2003, is available from the Official documents page of the Stationery Office website:
3. Rt Hon Dame Janet Smith DBE, was Chairman of the Independent Public Inquiry into the issues arising from the case of Harold Frederick Shipman. Copies of the reports are available from the Inquiry website:
4. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon Alan Beith MP (Chairman), James Brokenshire MP David Howarth MP, Barbara Keeley MP, Mr Piara S Khabra MP, Jessica Morden MP, Julie Morgan MP, Mr Andrew Tyrie MP, Keith Vaz MP, Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Jeremy Wright MP