Burial and Cremation

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 9th March 2011.

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Photo of Michael McMahon Michael McMahon Labour

Question S3W-39799

To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of new disposal techniques for human remains such as resomation, cryomation and promession.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government remains open to new ideas and innovations. New and emerging technologies were included in a consultation that the Scottish Government ran in early 2010. The consultation was based on recommendations stemming from the independent report of the Burial and Cremation Review Group, whose remit was to look at existing death certification, burial and cremation practices in Scotland with a view to updating the law relating to burial, cremation and cemeteries, much of which dates back over 100 years.

The Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill, introduced into the Scottish Parliament in October 2010, has been "future-proofed" to allow for new methods of disposal to be chosen in the future. There remains a requirement for any private company or crematorium facility to obtain approval that any new method of disposal meets the requirements of the law in general, including, for example, planning and environmental legislation.

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