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Memorials (Safety)

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 24 February 2003, Official Report, column 580W, on Memorials (safety), when guidance will be issued to local authorities about the safety-testing of non-monolithic memorials without ground anchor fixing; and if he will list the organisations from which he has taken evidence. [118579]

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, Central (Hilary Benn) on 24 February 2003, Official Report, column 579W. We are aiming to issue appropriate guidance on memorial safety to local burial authorities by the end of the year. The issues are being considered by a working group consisting of the following organisations:

  • Association of Burial Authorities
  • Confederation of Burial Authorities
  • Cruse Bereavement Care
  • English Heritage
  • Federation of British Cremation Authorities
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Institute of Burial and Cremation Administration
  • Local Government Association
  • Muslim Council of Great Britain/Muslim Burial Council of Leicestershire
  • National Association of Local Councils
  • National Association of Memorial Masons (Chair)
  • Society of Local Council Clerks