HC Deb 08 June 1944 vol 400 cc1503-4
44. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Health how many cemeteries in this country are privately owned; and whether the number is increasing.

The Minister of Health (Mr. Willink)

I regret that the information is not available.

Mr. Davies

Can the Minister say whether there are any cemeteries which are privately owned and run for private profit in this country?

Mr. Willink

I find it difficult to understand the purport of the hon. Gentleman's Question, and I cannot answer his supplementary. Perhaps he will put a specific question on the Order Paper.

Mr. Davies

But can the Minister say that there are no cemeteries privately owned and run for private profit?

Mr. Willink

I can say neither one thing nor the other.

Mr. Mathers

Is the Minister aware that there are privately-owned cemeteries in England which are disgracefully kept?