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Cemeteries: Islam

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what conclusions his Department drew from its 2007 Survey of Burial Grounds regarding cemetery provision for Islamic burial sites in London; (306266)

(2) what plans there are for future burial site provision for Islamic people in London;

(3) what steps his Department has taken following its 2007 Survey of Burial Grounds in respect of cemetery provision for Islamic burial sites in London.

Provision of burial space in general is a matter for decision by local authorities and other local providers. This Department has no role in that process, but our Guide for Burial Ground Managers encourages consideration to be given, wherever possible, to setting aside areas within cemeteries for use by particular faith communities. Responses to the burial ground survey did not permit any valid conclusions to be drawn as to the level or adequacy of burial space for Muslims either in London, or in England and Wales as a whole, but that was not its primary purpose.