HC Deb 18 February 1971 vol 811 c534W
Mr. Iremonger

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to raise the standard of certification for each burial to that required for cremation and to arrange for screening tests for poisons, a pathologist's examination and autopsy to be carried out so as to have results available within 24 hours.

Mr. Carlisle

The question of what medical certificates should be completed before disposal of a body by any method can be permitted is among those now being considered by the Departmental Committee on Death Certification and Coroners. The Committee is also considering the nature of the service in pathology which should be available to coroners.