Minister visits MortonHall

Today Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill meets campaigners to discuss the baby ashes scandal at MortonHall Crematorium. An investigation was launched into why the cremated remains of infants were buried in an Edinburgh mass grave.

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'Discussions over a permanent memorial will continue'

The City of Edinburgh Council has said it is looking into a memorial as a 'mark of respect' for bereaved parents.

The independent audit of crematorium records will continue so we can get comprehensive information from which we will try to deal with the questions and concerns of families.

We have been keeping Sands updated as the investigation has progressed and will carry on working closely with them over the coming months.

Discussions over a permanent memorial will continue.

– City of Edinburgh Council

Anyone affected can call the City of Edinburgh Council support line: 0131 200 2383 or fill in the council's contact form.


100,000 records revisited over MortonHall scandal

  • An investigation was launched in December 2012 after bereavement charity Sands discovered staff at the council-run crematorium had buried cremated remains of babies in a mass grave, without parents being informed
  • Edinburgh council issued an independent review, auditors are currently looking through 100,000 records that date back as far as the 1960s
  • A petition by campaigners for a public inquiry has gained more than 3,000 signatures
  • Initial findings suggest other local authority crematoriums may have had similar policies: Aberdeen, Fife and Argyll and Bute councils have admitted they routinely do not return ashes
  • The council said it is now looking into installing a memorial in the garden of remembrance as a 'mark of respect'

Scottish Minister to meet Mortonhall campaigners

Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive

Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Minister is to meet with campaigners at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh today.

He will discuss the scandal over the cremated remains of infants, which were found buried in a mass grave, despite bereaved parents being told there would be no remains to scatter.

An investigation was launched, with campaigners calling for a public inquiry.

Stillbirth and neonatal charity SANDS discovered the practice, which they believe had been going on for over 45 years.

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