King Richard III

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th April 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government who is the legal owner of the remains of King Richard III.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

Generally, there is no ownership of a body or human remains, although there may be other rights or duties in relation to possession of a body or human remains depending upon the context. In this case, the Archaeological Services Department at the University of Leicester has responsibility for storing and caring for the remains of King Richard III until they are laid to rest at a suitable location under the licence issued by Ministry of Justice pursuant to powers under the Burial Act 1857.

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