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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15065: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) it and (b) the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) collects any data regarding the length of time that bodies are retained between death and burial/cremation due to an ongoing criminal investigation.

Answered by: James Wolffe QC 14 March 2018

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is responsible for the investigation of deaths where there is an ongoing criminal investigation. COPFS does not collect data regarding the length of time that bodies are retained between the death and burial/cremation. Since September 2016 COPFS has recorded the date when the body is released to the nearest relative in deaths where there is an ongoing criminal investigation.