FOI Request - Ashes

Request 101000210108

Please provide information on what happens to ashes from cremations handled by the council at the request of NHS Trusts involving fetal remains, where there is fetal tissue present, from terminations, miscarriages, and stillbirths.

Namely:

1. In 2012/13:

a. How many cremations of fetal remains (where fetal tissue was present) from terminations were handled by the council cemetery at the request of NHS Trusts? (Please provide a breakdown showing how many of these cremations were individual cremations, and how many were group cremations, including the size of each group.)

b. How many sets of ashes were returned directly to families?

c. For those sets of ashes not returned to families, how many were given back to the NHS Trust?

d. For those sets of ashes not returned to families, how many sets of ashes were buried by/for/at the behest of the Council? (Please describe where they were buried, including location of sites, the numbers of sets of ashes buried at each site during the year, and the total number of sets of ashes currently buried at each site.)

e. For those sets of ashes not returned to families, how many were scattered by/for/at the behest of the Council? (Please describe where they were scattered, including location of sites, the numbers of remains scattered at each site during the year, and the total number of remains scattered at each site.)

f. For those sets of ashes not returned to families, how many were disposed of as waste by/for/at the behest of the Council? (Please describe where/how they were disposed of, the numbers of sets of ashes disposed of at each site during the year, and the total number of sets of ashes disposed at each site.)

g. If ashes were returned or disposed of in a different way, please describe how.

2. Please provide the same information for the questions above for the year 2011/12.

Response 07-01-2014

The Moray Council does not operate a crematorium and therefore does not hold this information.  This request is exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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