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Consultation on a Proposed Bill Relating to Burial and Cremation and Other Related Matters in Scotland - Web Only

DescriptionTo develop legal framework which ensures that the appropriate dignity and respect is shown when carrying out burials and cremations
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJanuary 26, 2015


ISBN 978 1 78544 066 3 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 43230

This document is also available in pdf format (615k)
The respondent information form and consultation questionnaire are available in MS Word format (174k)

This consultation paper considers a range of sensitive and emotive subjects. Some of the issues discussed take place at times of great distress and deal with difficult and harrowing experiences. The language of the consultation paper is necessarily legalistic and technical, and it is necessary to discuss the subject matter in an objective and dispassionate way. This approach is essential to ensuring that a legal framework is developed which ensures that appropriate dignity and respect is shown when carrying out burials and cremations. The use of such language should not be taken as being disrespectful to those who have experienced some of the circumstances considered in the consultation paper.


Ministerial foreword
The legislative framework
The right to instruct the disposal of human remains
The management of cemeteries
Burial and cremation records
Alleviating pressure on burial grounds
Pandemics and mass fatality events
Informing staff of particular causes of death
Cremation forms and procedures
Pregnancy loss
Cremation register
Accreditation of Cremation Authority staff
Inspector of crematoria
Regulation of the funeral industry
Funeral poverty


Annex A - List of cremation forms under the existing legislative framework
Annex B - List of crematoria in Scotland
Annex C - Respondent Information Form
Annex D - List of consultation questions and consultation response form