Date lodged: 28 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to review or amend the regulations governing the arrangement and conduct of funerals.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 5 October 2018
Part 3 of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 sets out who can make the arrangements for the burial or cremation of an adult, child, still-born baby and pregnancy loss. As part of the ongoing implementation of the 2016 Act, Part 3 will be laid before the Scottish Parliament for commencement soon.
The 2016 Act does not restrict or govern who may organise or conduct the funeral of a deceased person. The Scottish Government has no plans to introduce regulations governing who can conduct a funeral.