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Coronavirus Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:45 pm on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Shadow Minister (Justice) 7:45 pm, 23rd March 2020

It is clear from the words set out in sub-paragraphs 13(1)(a) and (b) in part 3 of schedule 27 that it is desirable for local authorities to consult with religious communities and groups in the event of a deceased person. However, that provision does not say that if a family or person objects to the cremation taking place, the local authority can still go ahead and cremate. I would like the Minister’s assurance that that is correct; or will the Bill be amended during its passage to say very clearly that if a person does not wish to be cremated, then a cremation will not take place?