HL Deb 05 July 1881 vol 263 cc4-5

Order of the Day for the Second Reading, read.


moving that the Bill be now read a second time, said, its objects was to give to parochial authorities increased powers with regard to burial grounds or cemeteries in Scotland. At the present time, when a parochial authority wished to supply a burial ground they were obliged to set aside the half of the ground for the use of the poor. It was found, in practice, that the portion set aside for general use was all allocated before that reserved for the poor was used up. It then became necessary to purchase new ground, which had to be subdivided in the same proportion, notwithstanding that the ground of the poor was not nearly exhausted. The arrangement was needlessly expensive, and the proposal of the Bill was that, with the consent of the Sheriff, the parochial authorities should be allowed to allocate burial grounds for such purposes and in such proportions as might be found most convenient.

Moved,"That the Bill be now read 2a."—(The Earl of Camperdown.)

Motion agreed to; Bill read 2a accordingly.

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