HC Deb 04 March 1886 vol 302 c1902

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether, when the Government introduce their Burial Grounds Bill, they will insert a clause authorising Cemetery Commissioners to purchase additional ground and enlarge their cemeteries in cases where at present they are not empowered to do so, and sanctioning their action where they have exceeded their powers in enlarging their ground?


The Burial Grounds Bill, which I hope to introduce to-night, like the Bill which I introduced last year, which it will closely resemble, deals only with religious services at burials and matters incidental thereto. Such a clause as that suggested in the Question would, in my opinion, be beyond the scope of the proposed Bill; though, no doubt, it might properly form a part of a general measure for the consolidation and amendment of the Cemeteries Acts. If, however, the hon. Member, when he sees the Bill, would draft such a clause and put it down as an Amendment to the Bill, I should be very happy to consider it.