On 20 December 2005 the Law Commission published their provisional proposals for reforming the law of murder. Responses to the Consultation Paper are invited until 13 April 2006. In their 2004 report, "Partial Defences to Murder" they described the current law on murder as "a mess" and recommended a complete review of the law of murder. In October 2004, the Home Office anounced that such a review would take place. This was confirmed on 21 July 2005, when Home Office Minister Fiona MacTaggart announced the terms of reference of a comprehensive review of murder law.

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