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Background

A number of other investigations relating to infant cremations at Aberdeen Crematorium have been carried out over the last few years. The results of these informed the ACC Policy Statement Relating to the Cremation of Babies and Infants which was published in June 2015.

In June 2014, the Scottish Government published Lord Bonomy's Infant Cremation Commission Report which provided national recommendations for improvements.

Earlier in June 2014, Aberdeen City Council issued a statement in response to a serious allegation received regarding practices at Hazlehead Crematorium. Read the full statement here:
Aberdeen City Council Chief Executive (Designate) statement on Hazlehead Crematorium

In light of this, the findings of the independent audit carried out in 2013 were reconsidered. The Hazlehead Crematorium Internal Audit Report was published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to provide an overview of procedures and practices for the cremation of infants and young children at Hazlehead Crematorium.

More information

A detailed summary of the procedure used for Procedure for Infant Cremations at Aberdeen Crematorium was published in November 2014.

In May 2015, Aberdeen City Council published information about infant cremations at Aberdeen Crematorium between 1975 and 2014 in response to a request for this information.
Read the full response: FOI-15-0314 - Infant Cremations

Please note, the figures given in reports and responses vary depending on the specific age group referred to, and whether figures for different age groups have been combined.