MP hits out on MoD body parts scandal

HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt called for ‘serious questions’ to be asked of the Ministry of Defence after it emerged officials kept body parts of 30 dead troops without informing relatives.

The MoD said it was ‘deeply sorry’ yesterday that body parts and tissue of soldiers killed in Afghanistan were being held without the permission of their families.

The remains were discovered only when a new manager was appointed at the Military Police’s Special Investigations Branch last month.

Ms Mordaunt, who sits on the Commons Defence Select Committee, said: ‘I will be asking some serious questions when parliament returns.

‘It was unacceptable that this practice was going on and we should be asking the previous management of that department what the hell they thought they were doing.’

Major General James Everard, assistant chief of the General Staff, blamed a ‘failure of process’ and said: ‘We owe a huge apology to the families involved.’