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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on death. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Related information can be found under burial and cremation, coroners and registration of births, deaths and marriages.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    31.10.2016Suicide: summary of statistics
    A summary of statistics on suicide rates in the UK. Includes charts and data on England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, trends by gender, trends by age, and trends by English region.
    12.10.2016Infant cremation
    This Commons Library briefing paper considers actions taken both in Scotland and in England and Wales to to ensure that, where possible, ashes are available from infant cremations and are returned to parents.
    12.09.2016Social Fund Funeral Payments
    This Commons Library briefing looks at Social Fund Funeral Payments scheme, under which claimants of means-tested benefits and tax credits may get help with funeral costs. The adequacy of payments has long been a source of complaint. The complex eligibility criteria have also been criticised for creating confusion, frustration and further emotional distress.
    13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Vital Statistics (Population, Demography and Health)
    This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on Vital Statistics (population, demography and health).
    30.06.2016Coroners' investigations and inquests
    The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which deals with coroners' investigations and inquests in England and Wales. The Coroners and Justice Act 2009, which was largely implemented in July 2013, has introduced a new concept of the coroner's 'investigation' into a death. An inquest may form part of the investigation.
    31.05.2016Challenging coroners' decisions
    The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which considers how to challenge a decision of a coroner or the outcome of an inquest in England and Wales.
    29.04.2016Inheritance Tax : reliefs
    This note provides a summary description of the structure of inheritance tax and the main reliefs which are available.
    21.03.2016Missing persons, guardianship and the presumption of death
    The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which provides information about looking for a missing person and dealing with their property and affairs
    08.01.2016Fatal shootings by the police in England and Wales
    Some notorious cases have highlighted concerns about whether police in England and Wales 'shoot to kill' and whether the systems that might hold the police to account are effective.
    29.09.2015Inheritance Tax
    This paper gives a brief summary of the structure of inheritance tax before looking at the debates there have been about the tax in recent years.


    26.03.2015Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States
    A POSTnote discussing the medical, legal and ethical challenges associated with the care of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states.
    08.10.2014Palliative and End of Life Care
    This POSTnote provides an overview of palliative care and its key components, approaches to managing and standardising care and key challenges to providing high quality care.

    Early Day Motions

    That this House notes with deep concern the worsening crisis for elderly care as growing numbers of local authority and private care homes face closure; acknowledges concerns that the ...
    That this House condemns the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani Minister for Minorities, who was the only Christian in the cabinet; notes that this comes only days after ...
    That this House notes that according to the Minister of Health, NHS organisations have a legal responsibility under the Data Protection Act to retain records safely and for a prescribed ...
    That this House notes with dismay the recent decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute any individual doctor, nurse or manager for unlawful killing at Gosport War Memorial ...
    That this House notes the public interest and disquiet over the case of Ian Tomlinson and the threat to public trust and confidence in the police that this case poses; further notes ...


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses