Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (70, 71)

Emmet Stagg

Question:

68 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the anomaly whereby only one medical doctor can give evidence at an inquest; if his attention has further been drawn to the concerns expressed by coroners regarding this anomaly; the steps he intends to take in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6260/04]

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Emmet Stagg

Question:

80 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the progress which has been made in implementing the Report of the Working Group on the Coroner Service published in December 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6259/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 68 and 80 together.

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Question No. 21 of 29 January 2004. The position has not changed.