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Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued by his Department to local authorities on health and safety inspections of memorials and the staking of gravestones. (213658)

A joint letter providing guidance on the need for a sensitive and proportionate response to unstable memorials was issued to all burial authorities in March 2007. A copy has been placed in the Library. We are currently considering with the Health and Safety Executive and stakeholders whether any additional guidance in this area would be helpful.