Oral Answers to Questions — Privately-Owned Cemeteries

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th June 1944.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton 12:00 am, 8th June 1944

asked the Minister of Health how many cemeteries in this country are privately owned; and whether the number is increasing.

Photo of Mr Henry Willink Mr Henry Willink , Croydon North

I regret that the information is not available.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Can the Minister say whether there are any cemeteries which are privately owned and run for private profit in this country?

Photo of Mr Henry Willink Mr Henry Willink , Croydon North

I find it difficult to understand the purport of the hon. Gentleman's Question, and I cannot answer his supplementary. Perhaps he will put a specific question on the Order Paper.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

But can the Minister say that there are no cemeteries privately owned and run for private profit?

Photo of Mr Henry Willink Mr Henry Willink , Croydon North

I can say neither one thing nor the other.

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

Is the Minister aware that there are privately-owned cemeteries in England which are disgracefully kept?