HC Deb 24 March 1983 vol 39 cc483-4W
Mr. Proctor

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the arrangements for the burial of still-born babies in the nine-month period ended November 1982 on behalf of the Mid-Essex district health authority and the Basildon and Thurrock district health authority.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Recent disturbing allegations are being investigated by the authorities concerned and the police will be asked to assist if prima facie evidence of possible criminal offences emerges. It would not be right for me or the authorities to comment further until investigations are concluded.