Home Department written question – answered on 11th June 2002.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) who has responsibility for providing public mortuaries;

(2) if he will list public mortuaries in England, indicating who is responsible for running them.

Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Minister for Prisons and Probation)

holding answer 24 May 2002

Under the Public Health Act 1936, local authorities have the power to provide public mortuaries and post-mortem rooms. In practice, I understand that most coroners and local authorities rely on the national health service facilities for mortuary provision.

Following a recent survey carried out by the Home Office, we are aware that the following local authorities in England provide a public mortuary service:

London borough of Barnet

London borough of Brent

London borough of Bromley

London borough of Croydon

London borough of Greenwich

London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

London borough of Hillingdon

London borough of Lewisham

London borough of Newham

London borough of Westminster

Birmingham city council

Bracknell Forest council

Bradford metropolitan district council

Brighton and Hove city council

Bournemouth borough council

Cannock Chase district council

High Peak borough council

Kingston upon Hull city council

Liverpool city council

Pendle borough council

Rossendale borough council

Sheffield city council

Stoke-on-Trent city council

Wolverhampton city council.

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