Tim Loughton MP (East Worthing and Shoreham) is holding a Westminster Hall debate to get to the bottom of why the families of the Shoreham Airshow crash victims are not being given fair access to justice and what the Government is going to do to rectify the matter.
The debate will take place today (Tuesday 09 January 2018) Westminster Hall from 16:00 – 16:30.
Tim will say:
“After the crash, I said that the first priority must be to give the families the support they will need in these difficult times, however, given how events have panned out, it is hard to see how that has been achieved as it should and could have been.
“28 months on from the crash and the coroner’s inquest has still not happened and is not scheduled until November 2018 at the earliest and no decision has been taken by the CPS about whether any charges will be brought against anyone or anybody.
“I raised this issue directly with the Prime Minister at PMQs in November 2017 and specifically the extraordinary decision by the Legal Aid Agency not to extend funding from the Exceptional Cases Fund to the families of the victims at the Coroner’s Inquest when it eventually takes place.
“It is completely unacceptable that the grief of the families is being extended and the Government needs to find a way to step in to ensure justice is available on a level playing field for all.”