HC Deb 26 January 2004 vol 417 c239W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) widows and (b) widowers have been widowed in such a way that an inquest has been required in each of the years 1997 to 2002. [145978]

Paul Goggins

This information is not collected centrally.

The number of inquests held in each year from 1997 to 2002 is contained in Table 3 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin "Deaths reported to coroners, England and Wales, 2002", a copy of which is in the Library. It is not possible to deduce from this table the proportion of deceased persons represented by those inquests who would have left a widow or widower.

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