Explanatory Notes

Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016

2016 asp 20

28 April 2016

The Act

Summary and background

3.The purpose of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Act”) is to provide a legislative framework for burial and cremation. The Act provides for the repeal of all existing legislation relating to burial and cremation in Scotland.

4.Many of the Act’s provisions are rooted in recommendations made by various review groups, particularly the Infant Cremation Commission(1) and the Burial and Cremation Review Group.(2)

5.The Act is in 7 Parts and contains 2 schedules:


Infant Cremation Commission: report http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/06/8342/0Back [1]


Burial and Cremation Review Group: report and recommendations

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2008/03/25113621/0Back [2]