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Executed Prisoners (Burial)

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 29 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to provide for a statutory form of the sentence of death to be passed with the omission of the words," that your body be afterwards buried within the precincts of the prison in which you have been confined before your execution."

The Royal Commission on Capital Punishment made a recommendation to this effect, which I am considering with the other recommendations of the Commission, but I am not yet in a position to make a statement.


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will permit relatives to receive the bodies of executed prisoners and make their own arrangements for burial.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 15th April to the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Lewis).