HC Deb 29 April 1937 vol 323 cc512-3
17. Mr. C. Wilson

asked the Home Secretary upon whom the responsibility rests for deciding in the case of death by accident or other misadventure where the body shall be deposited and where any post-mortem examination directed or requested by the coroner shall take place?

Sir J. Simon

By Section 24 of the Coroners (Amendment) Act, 1926, a coroner may, for the purpose of a postmortem examination, order that the body be removed to any place which may be provided for the purpose, either within his jurisdiction or within an adjoining coroner's jurisdiction; but he may not under that Section order the removal to any place other than a place within his jurisdiction provided by a sanitary authority or nuisance authority except with the consent of the person or authority by whom the place is provided.

Mr. Wilson

If I bring to the right hon. Gentleman's notice a number of cases which show that the position is very unsatisfactory, will he have the whole matter investigated?

Sir J. Simon

I will certainly make any investigation that I can make of any cases which the hon. Gentleman thinks he ought to bring to my notice.

18. Mr. Wilson

asked the Home Secretary the number of coroners' districts; whether in each of them there is a mortuary; or, if not, whether any arrangement exists for the use of a mortuary in an adjoining district?

Sir J. Simon

The number of coroners' districts, including franchise coronerships, is 339. I regret that I have not the detailed information which would be necessary to enable me to answer the remainder of the question.