HC Deb 14 April 1887 vol 313 cc875-6
MR. BROADHURST (Nottingham, W.)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been called to a case, described as the Hayward's Heath Burial Scandal; whether it is a fact, as stated, that the vicar of the parish refused, by order of his Bishop, to inter the body of an old man, on the ground that he had married his deceased wife's sister before a registrar; and, whether the Bishop and vicar were legally justified in the course they took?


The fact is not as stated in the Question. The vicar of the parish did not refuse to inter the body of the man referred to. He was buried in the parish churchyard by the vicar, who, with the approval of the Bishop and of the nearest relatives of the deceased, used a form of burial service in conformity with the Burials Act of 1880.