§ MR. SHIRLEY (Yorkshire, W.R., Doncaster)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it has been proved to the satisfaction of an inspector specially sent down from the Home Office to examine into the matter, that the churchyard at Bolton on Dearne in Yorkshire is, and has been for a long time, quite full of bodies; and, if so, why it has been decided that the said churchyard shall not be closed till September, 1887; and, where it is intended to bury persons who may die during the next twelve months?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
Yes, Sir; I am informed by the Inspector that he is satisfied, from a recent inspection, that this churchyard is nearly full; but there is still a narrow strip of ground available for burials, and, moreover, it is anticipated that there will be unusual difficulty in finding a suitable site for a new burial ground. Under these circumstances, the Inspector is of opinion that the existing ground should remain open for another year; and with this opinion, I am told, the Medical Officer of Health for the district fully concurs. In the meantime, should the necessity arise, there will be no difficulty in finding burial room in neighbouring churchyards.