Claudia's father welcomes "missing" Bill

Claudia Lawrence went missing in 2009 Credit: PA

The father of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence has welcomed the news that The Presumption of Death Act for England & Wales has now received Royal Assent. It means that for the first time there is now a Presumption of Death Act available to those who need it in all parts of the United Kingdom.

Peter Lawrence who, with the charity Missing People, has spearheaded the campaign for better rights for the families of those missing, said:

"I am delighted that the Presumption of Death Bill has received given the Royal Assent. It will, when brought into force, help enormously those families who have previously struggled to officially establish the death of a loved one who has been missing.

For those many families, such as mine, who still have hope, I will continue to campaign for the right to deal with and preserve assets."

Peter Lawrence led the campaign Credit: PA

The Missing Rights campaign continues to seek the introduction of Guardianship laws which will help thousands of families when someone goes missing for a short period of time: it would enable relatives to keep the affairs of the missing person in order in their absence.