Mark to attend India inquests meeting

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A GROUP of MPs are calling on the Indian Government to help bereaved British people whose family members die in their country.

Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, is one of a group of Parliamentarians meeting with Foreign Office Minister, Jeremy Browne MP, soon to discuss delays in toxicology reports in India.

The problems, he said, have caused great distress to families and resulted in inquests being unresolved for as long as six years.

It follows a case of a Fylde man who died in Goa, India in November 2009. His family are still awaiting a toxicology report around two and a half years on.

The meeting follows a visit to India by Hexham MP, Guy Opperman, who has experienced a similar case.

Mr Menzies said: “This is an important issue.

“When tragedies happen overseas the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and their consular staff do their upmost to try to support the families and ensure they are able to get the information they need.

“However, there is only so much they can do and the processes of each different country need to take their course.

“My understanding is that some people such as Mrs Schofield have been awaiting the results of toxicology tests for as much as two years.

“That’s a very long time to wait for closure.

“I hope this meeting, which Guy deserves great credit for arranging, will help to move things forward and persuade the Indian Government to look at the issue again with a view to speeding up the process.”

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