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Minister appoints members of the new IAP

Justice Minister Claire Ward has today announced the appointment of the six members of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody, part of the new Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody.  Claire Ward said: ‘I congratulate all six members on their appointments. They were selected from a very strong field of applicants. The panel members bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge that will enable them to make a great contribution in this very important area. ‘The Panel’s role will be to help shape government policy in relation to deaths in custody through the provision of independent advice and expertise to the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody.’ Lord Toby Harris, the inaugural Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel, said: ‘I see the IAP as having an important role in reducing the number and rate of deaths in custody and look forward to working with the Panel members on this agenda in the future.’ For information on the IAP members, please visit the Panel Members biographies on the About page.