Dying is illegal in the Houses of Parliaments

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Henry Shrimp (Account suspended)

Dear House of Commons,

Dying is illegal in the Houses of Parliaments. Please tell me what steps the Commons take to punish those who break this law.

Yours faithfully,

Henry Shrimp

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Shrimp,

Thank you for asking for steps taken against the deceased.

The House of Commons does not hold this information.

You may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request, ask the House of Commons to conduct an internal review of this decision. Requests for internal review should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Officer, Department of HR and Change, House of Commons London SW1 0AA or [House of Commons request email]. Please ensure that you specify the nature of your complaint and any arguments or points that you wish to make.

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Bob Castle
Head of Information Rights and Information Security

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Henry Shrimp (Account suspended)

Dear House of Commons,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of House of Commons's handling of my FOI request 'Dying is illegal in the Houses of Parliaments'.

I'm sorry but your answer is absurd. Surely the House of Commons have procedures for dealing with those who break Common rules.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/dy...

Yours faithfully,

Henry Shrimp

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Shrimp

Thank you for your email request for an internal review. I should be grateful if you could assist this process by clarifying what it is you would like reviewed.

In your initial request you state that "Dying is illegal in the Houses of Parliaments" and ask for the "...steps the Commons take to punish those who break this law."

Our response to you confirmed that the House does not hold any information about such steps.

In your request for a review you again maintain that "Dying is illegal in the Houses of Parliaments". However, the difficulty for us is that we are not aware of any such law - it would greatly assist if you could point us to the relevant legislation. In the absence of this information it would appear pointless to conduct a review into a response that could find no information related to any steps the Commons take to punish those (dead or otherwise) who break what is, perhaps, a nonexistent law.

While not directly relevant to your request, you might find the following of interest.

I am advised that the Palace of Westminster is considered to be a royal building and as such is under the jurisdiction of the Coroner of the Royal Household. Therefore, in order to avoid the special inquest from the Coroner of the Royal Household that would occur as a result of Member of Parliament passing away inside the Palace, it is said that the Member would have died in the ambulance on the way to hospital, or somewhere outside of the Palace, in order that the Coroner of Westminster would become involved.

I hope that you found this helpful and not at all "absurd"!

Bob Castle
Head of Information Rights and Information Security House of Commons

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Henry Shrimp (Account suspended)

Dear FOICOMMONS,

The 1887 Coroners Act,

Yours sincerely,

Henry Shrimp

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Shrimp

That's interesting and helpful, thank you (you do indeed learn something new every day).

You might like to look at the rather more recent 1988 Coroners Act which consolidates the earlier legislation. You might find section 29 helpful. This describes, as, it appears, did the 1887 Act before it, the role of the Coroner of the Queen's household as set out in my previous response to you. However, I can't find any reference to the illegality of dying.

No offence (pun intended)

Yours sincerely

Bob Castle
Head of Information Rights and Information Security
House of Commons

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Henry Shrimp (Account suspended)

Dear FOICOMMONS,

Thank you for this. I acept your reply and thank you for the excellant and good humoured way you have answered my request. I now consider this matter closed

Yours sincerely,

Henry Shrimp