Burial Grounds

Charles Walker asks the Minister of State for Constitutional Affairs about the Home Office Burial Grounds Survey.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what the purpose is of the Home Office Burial Grounds Survey; and if she will make a statement; [12357]

(2) what assessment she has made of the adequacy of cemetery space; and if she will make a statement; [12358]

(3) what budget the Department has set aside to fund its Burial Grounds Survey; and if she will make a statement; [12360]

(4) how many responses she has received to the Home Office Burial Grounds survey; and if she will make a statement. [12400]

Ms Harman: The purpose of the survey is to obtain information on the location and capacity of existing and former burial grounds in England and Wales. It is part of a wider Government initiative to review burial law and practice, including the provision of burial space. The cost has been estimated as at £50,000.

As at 13 July, 8,787 completed survey forms have been received. "