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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has considered legalising the process of promession for the disposal of human remains; and if he will make a statement. (250302)

We are aware that there is some interest in the disposal of bodies by promession, as an alternative to cremation. The process does not involve the burning of human remains, however, so falls outside the Cremation Act 1902. Making it lawful would thus need either a new Act or an amendment to the 1902 Act. There are no plans to amend the law at present.