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Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 90 – Inspections: regulations

241.Section 90 gives the Scottish Ministers the power to make regulations about the inspection of burial grounds and burial authorities; crematoriums and cremation authorities; and funeral directors. Subsection (3) lists the matters that any regulations made under subsection (1) may include, such as the frequency of inspections, steps that can be taken by inspectors to enforce compliance with any legislative requirements, steps that can be taken by inspectors to enforce compliance requirements and conditions that can be attached to licences and timescales that apply to such activity.

242.The Scottish Ministers will be able to suspend the operation of a crematorium, burial ground or the business of a funeral director (see subsection (3)(c) and (d)). Subsection (3)(e) and (f) provide that regulations made under subsection (1) may set out the steps that may be taken by inspectors to ensure compliance with requirements or conditions contained in enactments, codes or practice or guidance applicable to burial authorities, cremation authorities or funeral directors, and enforce these requirements or conditions. Subsection (3)(i) provides that regulations may make provision about reviews of or appeals against decisions of inspectors or decisions of the Scottish Ministers in relation to recommendations to suspend or revoke any licence necessary to operate as a burial authority, cremation authority or funeral director.

243.Subsection (3)(j) provides that regulations may make provision about investigations of complaints against cremation authorities, burial authorities and funeral directors, and what sanctions inspectors may impose in relation to such investigations (subsection (3)(k)).

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