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Coroners Bill dropped from plans
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The government says it is still committed to coroner reform.
Plans to introduce a bill to give people more power to appeal against coroners' decisions has been dropped from the Queen's Speech programme.

The Ministry of Justice said the bill, which would also have established a new chief coroner post, would not be introduced this parliamentary session.

The measure would have granted "new powers" for coroners to conduct "more effective investigations".

The government says it is still committed to coroner reform.

The bill would have applied to England and Wales and was included in the draft legislative programme set out by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in July.

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