HC Deb 13 July 1995 vol 263 cc696-7W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will define a "properly interested person" in cases involving deaths in custody. [33341]

Mr. Nicholas Baker

No. Under the present law, the determination of a "properly interested person" under the Coroners Rules 1984 for the purposes of any inquest is a matter for the coroner. The circumstances in which persons may be interested in a particular case vary so considerably that I do not think that further definition is practicable.