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FOI 7833

Cremations and Fetal Remains

Request

Please provide information on what happens to ashes from cremations
handled by the council at the request of NHS Trusts involving fetal
remains, where there is fetal tissue present, from terminations,
miscarriages, and stillbirths.
Namely:

1. In 2012/13:
a. How many cremations of fetal remains (where fetal tissue was present)
from terminations were handled by the council cemetery at the request of
NHS Trusts? (Please provide a breakdown showing how many of these
cremations were individual cremations, and how many were group
cremations, including the size of each group.)
b. How many sets of ashes were returned directly to families?
c. For those sets of ashes not returned to families, how many were given
back to the NHS Trust?
d. For those sets of ashes not returned to families, how many sets of
ashes were buried by/for/at the behest of the Council? (Please describe
where they were buried, including location of sites, the numbers of sets
of ashes buried at each site during the year, and the total number of
sets of ashes currently buried at each site.)
e. For those sets of ashes not returned to families, how many were
scattered by/for/at the behest of the Council? (Please describe where
they were scattered, including location of sites, the numbers of remains
scattered at each site during the year, and the total number of remains
scattered at each site.)
f. For those sets of ashes not returned to families, how many were
disposed of as waste by/for/at the behest of the Council? (Please
describe where/how they were disposed of, the numbers of sets of ashes
disposed of at each site during the year, and the total number of sets
of ashes disposed at each site.)
g. If ashes were returned or disposed of in a different way, please
describe how.

2. Please provide the same information for the questions above for the
year 2011/12.

Response

Brentwood Borough Council does not have a crematorium and so does not carry out any cremations at the request of the NHS Trust. The answers to the other questions posed would therefore be ‘none’ to each. The same applies for the 2011/12 period also.