Burial and cremation

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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on burial and cremation. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Related information can be found under bereavement benefits, coroners and registration of births, deaths and marriages.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    DateDescription
    12.10.2016Infant cremation
    This Commons Library briefing paper considers actions taken both in Scotland and in England and Wales to to ensure that, where possible, ashes are available from infant cremations and are returned to parents.
    15.05.2014Reuse of graves
    In some areas land for burial is scarce and some burial grounds have closed because they are full. The reuse of graves has been under consideration for some time as a means of addressing this problem.
    16.01.2012Unsafe headstones in cemeteries
    A number of constituents have raised concerns about the actions of local councils in relation to memorials (headstones) in cemeteries. In some cases memorials have been laid flat or cordoned off and relatives are notified that they must pay to make them safe. Local authorities, acting as burial authorities, have general powers of management in relation to public cemeteries, including power to take any action necessary to remove a danger which arises by reason of the condition of a vault, tombstone or memorial. They also have duties under health and safety legislation.

    Early Day Motions

    DateDescription
    26.07.2010PROTECTION OF CEMETERIES
    That this House recalls the distress caused to many families at the proposal by BAA as part of its plans for a third runway at Heathrow to drive a road through Cherry Lane cemetery; ...
    25.05.2010VALUE ADDED TAX ON MEMORIALS
    That this House notes with concern that value added tax is applicable to the erection and maintenance of memorials to the deceased; considers this to be an unnecessary and insensitive ...
    12.03.2010MISSING PERSONS IN CYPRUS
    That this House notes the recent discovery of a mass grave in Lapithos containing remains identified as those of Fivos Christofi from Aglantzia, Kostas Kapsokaritis from Tseri and Michalakis ...
    28.01.2010VALUE ADDED TAX ON MEMORIALS
    That this House notes with concern that value added tax is applicable to the erection and maintenance of memorials to the deceased; considers this to be an unnecessary and insensitive ...

    Glossary

    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses