HC Deb 23 April 1891 vol 352 cc1160-1
MR. S. T. EVANS (Glamorgan, Mid)

I had intended to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the following incidents, which have occurred during the current month in Llangeinor, Glamorganshire, namely, that in a burial in the parish church of Llangeinor, in respect of which notice had been given under " The Burials Act, 1880," the parent desired that his deceased child should be interred in the same grave as a former deceased child of his; that when the funeral proceeded to the churchyard on the 8th April, it was found that the wrong grave had been opened, and that consequently the body lay in an uncovered grave over the night; that next day two more graves were opened, and that extra fees were demanded for the burial; that when, only six days later, another child of the same parent died, the church authorities refused to open the grave for the burial of this child till such extra "fees demanded on the previous burial had been paid, and that the parent was thus compelled to pay them; whether the levying of such extra fees was legal, and why the wrong graves were opened; and whether he will make recommendations which may tend to put an end to the difficulties placed in the way of persons who avail themselves of the Act? At the request of the right hon. Gentleman, I beg to postpone the question until Monday.