MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In view of your wish to have control over the courts service in London, does this include the coroners service, and if so do you agree that the cultural expectations of the Jewish and Moslem communities in London should be catered for by the coroners service, in particular  by an   'out of hours' service to cope with deaths outside usual  working hours to allow early burial , and the acceptance  of  scans (paid for by bereaved  families) rather than invasive post mortems?


Answer for Coroners

Answer for Coroners

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe it is vitaI we ensure that public services accommodate the diversity of faiths and in particular that Muslim and Jewish Londoners are able to bury their dead as soon as possible after death, in accordance with the tenets of their religions.

I have been made aware of certain instances where communities have faced difficulty in achieving a religious burial due to the lack of availability of coroner services, particularly at weekends. I have raised this matter with the Secretary of State for Justice and my office is working on his on these issues.