HC Deb 09 August 1904 vol 139 cc1548-9

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the refusal on the 20th May by the Rector of Clocaenog, Denbighshire, of the parish bier for the interment of the late Mr. John Hughes, a parishioner, under The Burial Law (Amendment) Act, 1880; whether he is aware that difficulties under such circumstances frequently occur with regard to the use of the parish bier; and whether it is the intention of the Government to propose any legislation on the subject.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douylas.) I have made the inquiries which I promised in this matter and have received a report of the facts. I can, however, only say that I have no authority to determine what is the law. or to intervene in the matter. However much such difficulties are to be regretted, I do not think that legislation is called for.