HL Deb 24 May 1984 vol 452 c396WA
Lord Broxbourne

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will publicise the principles governing whether an inquest is held in this country on a British citizen who dies abroad.

Baroness Young

In July 1982 the Court of Appeal ruled that Section 3 of the Coroners Act 1887 is mandatory, i.e., that where a coroner is informed that a dead body is lying within his area, he must hold an inquest if the death is one which requires an inquest to be held under Section 3 of the 1887 Act, even though the death occurred abroad.