Burial Grounds Survey

Charles Walker asks the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs about the Burial Grounds Survey

Mr. Walker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) for what reasons the Burial Grounds Survey was issued by the Home Office;

(2) what the average cost to her Department is of processing a response to the Home Office Burial Grounds Survey; and if she will make a statement;

(3) pursuant to her answer dated 14 July 2005, Official Report, column 1298, what aspects of burial law and practice will be covered by the wider review referred to; and if she will make a statement.

Ms Harman: The survey was issued by the Home Office in accordance with the commitment in the Government's response to the Environment Select Committee report on cemeteries. The average cost of processing the responses will not be known until the exercise has been completed.

The main aspects of burial law and practice under review were highlighted in the Home Office consultation paper "Burial Law and Policy in the 21st Century: The Need for a Sensitive and Sustainable approach", a copy of which is available from the House of Commons Library."