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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16842: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of whether additional (a) resourcing and (b) staffing is required to support the Inspector of (i) Crematoria, (ii)  Funeral Directors and (iii) Burial Grounds in carrying out its (A) current and (B) future role.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 5 June 2018

The Inspector of Crematoria and the Inspector of Funeral Directors are currently supported by the Scottish Government Burial and Cremation Legislation Team. An Inspector of Burial has not yet been appointed and, therefore, no support has been allocated.

As set out in the financial memorandum to the Burial and Cremation Bill, it is not anticipated that additional resource or staffing will be required in the future to support the work of the Inspector of Cremation or the Inspector of Burial.

It is anticipated that additional support will be required in the future to support the Inspector of Funeral Directors. It is also anticipated that more than one Inspector of Funeral Directors will be appointed.

The level of resource and staff required to support Inspectors of Funeral Directors in the future will be dependent on the type of regulation introduced. The Inspector of Funeral Directors is currently undertaking a critical assessment of the profession and will make recommendations to Ministers by the end of 2018 on how the profession should be regulated. Once the Inspector has made her recommendations further analysis of resource and support requirements will be carried out.