My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, (Edward Argar) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
“I am pleased to lay and publish the Chief Coroner’s fifth annual report to the Lord Chancellor on the operation of coroner services under section 36 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (‘the 2009 Act’). The report covers the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.
In particular the Chief Coroner’s report sets out:
- The continuing work to promote consistency in the resourcing of and practices in coroner offices across England and Wales;
- The training and guidance that coroners and their officers have received and the engagement with a wide range of stakeholders;
- Recommendations to improve coroner services further.
I am very grateful to His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC for building so effectively on his first year’s achievements.
I am grateful too to all coroners and their officers and other staff, for having supported the Chief Coroner to improve services for bereaved people and for their valued and continuing frontline work.
Copies of the report will be available in the Vote Office and in the Printed Paper Office. The document will also be available online, at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/chief-coroners-annual-report-2017-to-2018”
This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: