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Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the petition by Anne Williams to hold a new inquest into the death of her son at Hillsborough; and what consideration they have given to fast-tracking the request on compassionate grounds.[HL3142]
The Advocate-General for Scotland (Lord Wallace of Tankerness): The Attorney-General is in the process of preparing an application to the High Court to quash the original inquests and order new inquests into the deaths of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. The evidence which supports an application in respect of Kevin Williams is essentially the same as that which supports an application into the other deaths and the Attorney-General expects to be in a position to lodge the application in December. Should the court order new inquests the timing thereafter is a matter for the coronial process.