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Post-mortems: Carbon Monoxide

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL3806, tabled on 8 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce an automatic test for carbon monoxide poisoning in post-mortems in line with the automatic test for drugs and alcohol.

Answered on

22 November 2021

Coroners are independent judicial office holders and the way they conduct their investigations, including any post-mortem examinations and related tests they commission is a matter for them. Coroners will, however, only ask for toxicology in appropriate cases – they do not ask for it in every death – and the Government has no plans to introduce legislation for automatic testing for carbon monoxide poisoning.