Cremation

Justice written question – answered on 14th November 2011.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) whether his Department has plans to extend the choice available to the public on how they are buried or cremated;

(2) whether he has any plans to consult on the use of alkaline hydrolysis in relation to body disposal.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Alkaline hydrolysis and other alternatives to cremation (such as Promession™ and Cryomation®) do not involve the burning of human remains and so fall outside the regulatory framework as provided in the Cremation Act 1902 and the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008. They are therefore neither prohibited nor permitted by law but their use would need to comply with local planning, health and safety and environmental legislation.

Primary legislation would be required to give the power for Government to regulate alternatives to cremation in England and Wales. There are no plans to introduce or amend the law at present. The Ministry of Justice has no plans at present to consult on the introduction of alternatives to cremation in England and Wales but may revisit this position in due course.

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