HC Deb 07 May 1912 vol 38 cc358-9W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the fact that Brompton Cemetery, which was acquired by the Government in 1852, when burial grounds within the Metropolis were closed, is still being used for burials, that a number of interments are taking place daily, that the ornamental flower beds are being now utilised for graves, and that charges are being made for them; and whether, seeing that the cemetery is situated in a very populous neighbourhood, and that 155,000 bodies had already been interred therein twenty years ago, he will consider the advisability, from a sanitary point of view, of closing the cemetery for further interments?


The First Commissioner cannot, without breach of contract, prevent further interments taking place in plots already sold. The number of burials is gradually decreasing and only a small area, situated in the middle of the cemetery, quite away from the houses, remains for new graves. There is no reason whatever to suppose that conditions at present are insanitary.