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Infant Cremation Commission Ministerial Statement, 17/06/14 [S]

Ministerial Statement in the Scottish Parliament on 17 June 2014 from the Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, on the Scottish Government’s response to the infant cremation commission.

He said:


"I want to start with a recognition—no action that I can take today or words of comfort that I can offer will ever truly salve the pain of families who not only lost their precious children, but had to bear the burden of doubt about what happened to the ones they loved. That said, I offer my heartfelt condolences as a minister, as a member of this Parliament and as a father.

Since this issue first came to light, I have been clear that two areas need to be addressed and that steps have to be taken to ensure, first, that what happened can never be repeated, and secondly, that, as far as is possible, families who seek answers in their own cases can get them. The foundation for putting those safeguards in place has been the work of the infant cremation commission under the leadership of Lord Bonomy, and I take this opportunity to thank all the commission members, and those who submitted evidence to it, for their efforts. Lord Bonomy provided the commission’s final report to the Scottish Government last Thursday afternoon and it was published in full this morning.


During the process, Lord Bonomy visited a number of crematoriums across Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom and spoke to professionals across the health, funeral and cremation fields. The commission itself has analysed a large volume of documentation and information, and it has made 64 recommendations to prevent any repetition of these events. The Scottish Government has accepted those recommendations in full and without reservation."

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 17 June 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 17 June 2014