HC Deb 13 March 1884 vol 285 cc1356-7

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether, after the statement of Mr. Justice Stephen that cremation of corpses is legal, any impediment will be thrown in the way by the Executive of thus disposing of corpses?


Sir, as far as this is a judicial Question, it does not fall within my authority. As far as it is an administrative Question, I must say that I can give no encouragement whatever to the practice. First of all, I believe that it is a practice repugnant to the general sentiment of the people; and, in the next place, I believe that this practice might, in cases like the Liverpool poisoning case, become an obstacle to the dectection of crime.