The establishment of a standing National Committee on Infant Cremation was a key recommendation of the Rt Hon. Lord Bonomy's Report of the Infant Cremation Commission, published on June 17, 2014.
In line with the Terms of Reference agreed by the Committee, membership must be reviewed every two years, therefore, the Scottish Government recently reviewed the membership of the National Committee to ensure that the Committee had fitting representation from appropriate organisations. At the October 2016 meeting of the National Committee on Infant Cremation, members agreed that the majority of Lord Bonomy’s recommendations are now complete and that the Committee should widen its scope to oversee the implementation of Dame Elish Angiolini’s National Cremation Investigation recommendations and to reflect wider burial and cremation developments set out in the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016. To reflect these changes the Committee will be renamed the National Committee on Burial and Cremation.
Operation of the National Committee
The National Committee will continue to be a working group, and members will be expected to undertake or contribute to specific tasks. It is likely that one or more new sub-groups will be established to deal with upcoming work. Members of the Committee are therefore expected to be able to contribute to sub-groups in addition to attending the Committee itself.
The National Committee will continue reporting to Ministers on an annual basis.
Dates of Meetings
The National Committee on Burial and Cremation met on 12 June 2017.
The National Committee is chaired by Scottish Government, and has more than twenty members from multiple organisations and sectors including: crematoria and funeral directors representative organisations; bereavement organisations; private and local authority cremation authorities and policy officials from England and Wales, and Northern Ireland. Over its first year, it has also benefited from two parent representative members, to ensure that those who have been most affected by issues in the past have a real say in improvements to policy, practice and law now and in the future.
The National Committee will meet two to three times per year. More detailed information including its full membership, a regularly updated Work Plan, and meeting agendas and approved minutes is available: