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Welfare Services Act (Northern Ireland) 1971

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  • s. 25(5) expiry of earlier affecting provision 2020 c. 7, Sch. 28 para. 13 by 2020 c. 7 s. 89

Part I (ss.1,2), Part II (ss.3‐12), Part III (ss.13‐21) rep. by 1972 NI 14


Ss.22‐24 rep. by 1972 NI 14

25Burial or cremation of the dead.N.I.

(1)It shall be the duty of every [F1 district council] ….F2 to cause to be buried or cremated the body of any person who has died or been found dead in its [F1 district], where it appears to the [F1 district council] that suitable arrangements for the disposal of the body have not been, or are not being, made otherwise than by the [F1 district council].

Subs.(2) rep. by SRO (NI) 1973/211; subs.(3) rep. by 1972 NI 14

(4)A [F1 district council] …. …F3 may recover from the estate of the deceased person, or from any person who, for the purposes of [F1 the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 [1972 NI] ], was liable to maintain the deceased person immediately before his death, expenses incurred under subsection (1)…F4F5. . . .

(5)Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this section shall affect any enactment regulating or authorising the burial, cremation or anatomical examination of the body of a deceased person; and a body shall not be cremated under this section where the [F1 district council] has reason to believe that cremation would be contrary to the wishes of the deceased.

F1SRO (NI) 1973/211

F2SRO (NI) 1973/211

F31972 NI 14; SRO (NI) 1973/211

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C1S. 25(5) excluded (temp.) (25.3.2020) by Coronavirus Act 2020 (c. 7), s. 87(1), Sch. 28 para. 13(4)(b) (with ss. 88-90)

Ss.26‐29 rep. by 1972 NI 14

Part V (ss.30 — 35), Part VI (ss.36 — 44) rep. by 1972 NI 14


Ss.45‐47 rep. by 1972 NI 14

48Short title.N.I.

(1)This Act may be cited as the Welfare Services Act (Northern Ireland) 1971.

Subs.(2)(3) rep. by 1972 NI 14

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