B1026 – Crematoria Inspection Bill 2016

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B1026 – Crematoria Inspection Bill 2016, TSR Labour Party
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Crematoria Inspection Bill 2016
An act to appoint Her Majesty's Inspectors of Crematoria to regulate that industry.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1: Definitions
"Crematorium" is defined as an establishment where a dead person's body is cremated.

2: Appointment of Inspectors
The Ministry of Justice Select Committee will appoint 6 inspectors.

3: Role of Inspectors
(1) Ensure cremation authorities in England are operating in line with the principles set down by The Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008.
(2) The inspectors shall consider and from time to time gather a Select Committee to propose relevant legislation on cremation and burials.
(3) Conduct an audit on statutory documentation and cremation registers in order to ensure that they are completed and maintained aptly.
(4) Respond to queries and complains about cremations from the public.
(5) Report any criminal or potential criminal activity to the Police Authorities.
(6) Visit and inspect every crematorium in England at least once every 18 months.
(7) Provide ministers with a report annually on activities, specific issues or any concerns regarding cremation and burial.

4: Miscellaneous Provisions
(1) The job title will officially be 'Her Majesty's Inspector of Crematoria'
(2) The inspector will have between 250-280 days of work every 18 months.
(3) The inspector will receive a rate of pay of £200 a day.

5: Extent, Commencement and Short Title
(1) This Act extends to England.
(2) The provisions of this Act come into force on the date on which it is passed.
(3) This Act may be cited as the Crematoria Inspection Act 2016.

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In 2009 73% of dead people were cremated, that is over 400,000 people and one of the highest cremation rates in the European Union. With over 200 crematoria in England there is a great need for regulation of day-to-day running of crematoria. The Scottish Government appointed one last year and is currently doing great work. Current regulations on cremation as mentioned in 2/1: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2.../contents/made

The most recent case of controversy in this field is a scandal regarding the disposal of infant ashes in Aberdeen. After this blew up in the media Scotland's inspector made a visit to this particular crematorium and produced a report with various recommendations.

The same thing happened in Hull earlier this year and in Shropshire in 2015. With Michael Gove calling for an independent inquiry (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-36368915). If there were HM Inspectors then any negative practices would be routinely highlighted and mended before anything bad happens.

Costings:

((250 days x £200) /18) x12 x6 = £200,000 (per annum)
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Not the most exciting piece of legislation but a good bread and butter piece that tackles a genuine, if niche, issue simply and effectively.

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Aye- there should always be dignity in how we treat the deceased and if this ensures this always happens, will be appropriate.
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Not the most exciting piece of legislation but a good bread and butter piece that tackles a genuine, if niche, issue simply and effectively.

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No, a minimum of £50000 for inspecting crematoria is not a reasonable salary to pay an inspector, salaries should not be legislated for, and the brief in this bill is vague.
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(Original post by Nigel Farage MEP)
No, a minimum of £50000 for inspecting crematoria is not a reasonable salary to pay an inspector, salaries should not be legislated for, and the brief in this bill is vague.
Should we have the salary determined by parliamentary committee?
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Should we have the salary determined by parliamentary committee?
The salary should be determined by the same people who decide the salary of all other public sector workers.
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(Original post by Nigel Farage MEP)
The salary should be determined by the same people who decide who all other public sector workers are paid.
Fair enough.
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Something worth considering with the notes is saying "over 400,000 implies the lower end of the 400,000s. Throw the 73% in we come to 100% being no more than about 600,000 deaths p/a. We now take this and put it into considering life expectancy and population growth and get two things. First is a life expectancy around about 100, the other is stronger population growth than actually observed.

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Agreed with Nigel , Nay
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Sensible act, not as 'glamorous' as others may be but it tackles something that does need addressing.
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I'm not sure I understand the problem. Some infant ashes were accidentally disposed of a couple of times and…? Whilst unfortunate, I wouldn't call that scandalous.

I'm loving that they're Her Majesty's Inspectors despite this being a Labour bill (thumbs up, comrades, honestly) but the cost appears to be rather high given what it aims to prevent. Could you explain the extent of the problem a bit more?

I've read about cases in which people bought expensive coffins for their deceased relatives to be cremated in but these were switched for cheap cardboard and resold without telling them, which is a practice I would mind a lot more despite thinking that people who buy expensive coffins just to burn them are complete morons. These weren't in the UK, though.
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This bill is in cessation.
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This bill has gone to a second reading.
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