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Relief for soldiers' inquests.

MEASURES to ease a backlog of inquests for soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan will be announced today.

Minister Harriet Harman told the Daily Mirror delays were "totally unacceptable" for families, some whom have waited for more than three years.

She said: "We are taking responsibility for sorting this out."

Harman's team at the Department for Constitutional Affairs are hiring staff to help clear Oxford coroners' 61-case backlog.

By law, when a body is flown back to England the inquest into the death has to take place at the nearest coroners court.

Oxford coroners handle cases arriving at Brize Norton airfield.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2006
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