Burial and cremation

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on burial and cremation. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Related information can be found under bereavement benefits, coroners and registration of births, deaths and marriages.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
15.05.2014Reuse of graves
In some areas land for burial is scarce and some burial grounds have closed because they are full. The reuse of graves has been under consideration for some time as a means of addressing this problem.
16.01.2012Unsafe headstones in cemeteries
A number of constituents have raised concerns about the actions of local councils in relation to memorials (headstones) in cemeteries. In some cases memorials have been laid flat or cordoned off and relatives are notified that they must pay to make them safe. Local authorities, acting as burial authorities, have general powers of management in relation to public cemeteries, including power to take any action necessary to remove a danger which arises by reason of the condition of a vault, tombstone or memorial. They also have duties under health and safety legislation.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
26.07.2010PROTECTION OF CEMETERIES
That this House recalls the distress caused to many families at the proposal by BAA as part of its plans for a third runway at Heathrow to drive a road through Cherry Lane cemetery; ...
25.05.2010VALUE ADDED TAX ON MEMORIALS
That this House notes with concern that value added tax is applicable to the erection and maintenance of memorials to the deceased; considers this to be an unnecessary and insensitive ...
12.03.2010MISSING PERSONS IN CYPRUS
That this House notes the recent discovery of a mass grave in Lapithos containing remains identified as those of Fivos Christofi from Aglantzia, Kostas Kapsokaritis from Tseri and Michalakis ...
28.01.2010VALUE ADDED TAX ON MEMORIALS
That this House notes with concern that value added tax is applicable to the erection and maintenance of memorials to the deceased; considers this to be an unnecessary and insensitive ...

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses