Send your views to the government’s infant cremation consultation

January 11, 2016   //   No Comments

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation into infant cremation

The consultation seeks views on proposals for a number of changes to the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008, and for improving other aspects of cremation practice.  The consultation follows the Government’s consideration of the recommendations of two inquiries into infant cremations:

  • David Jenkins’ inquiry into the way infant cremations were carried out at Emstrey Crematorium in Shropshire between 1996 and 2012. David Jenkins’ June 2015 report established that during this period Emstrey Crematorium failed to obtain ashes to return to parents following infant cremations.
  • Lord Bonomy’s Infant Cremation Commission (ICC). Lord Bonomy’s June 2014 report found that in some Scottish cases parents had been incorrectly told that there had been, or would be, no ashes from their babies’ cremations.

A majority of the 12 Emstrey report recommendations were for the Government, including that we should consider the ICC’s 64 recommendations. This consultation therefore considers all of the Emstrey and ICC recommendations.  The consultation document and details on how to respond are available here.  If you require a copy of your consultation response please submit it here using the word document questionnaire that is available on the consultation webpage, rather than via the on-line questionnaire.  The consultation will close on 9th March, so please respond before then.

Following the consultation, responses will be reviews and a consultation response will be published in 2016, outlining any changes to be made.