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Volume 984: debated on Monday 12 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, having regard to the report of the Brodrick committee, existing safeguards against cremation being used for the concealment of crime will be retained in all circumstances; and if he will make a statement on any recent discussions with interested funeral bodies.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply my right hon. Friend gave to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Mrs. Knight) on 3 March.—[Vol. 130, c. 64.] Since 8 April, when I wrote to my hon. Friend, alternative proposals to those of the Brodrick committee have been received from the ad hoc commttee representing the National Association of Funeral Directors, the Institute of Burial and Cremation Administration and others. These are being studied.