§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will seek powers to control the conditions under which graves, already used for interment, may be opened and re-used, with or without the knowledge and consent of the relatives of the first deceased.143W
§ Mr. MacColl
The purchase of an exclusive right of burial is the subject of a contract between the local authority or other proprietor of the cemetery and the purchaser, who is protected to the extent and for the period indicated in the deed of grant (often in perpuity). I should not have thought that any additional control was needed, but I will gladly consider any evidence the hon. Member cares to send me.
Where burial in a common grave is arranged, it is implicit in the arrangement that unrelated persons may be buried in the same grave.