Question (Sir John Hayes):

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which Government Department has responsibility for the funeral and death care sector.

Answer (Alex Chalk):

Through a cross-departmental Death Management Programme, the Government continues to provide strategic and operational support to those looking after the deceased and supporting the bereaved. This programme is currently led by the Cabinet Office working closely with the funeral and death management sector, local responders and government departments to ensure the deceased are treated with dignity and respect.

The Government is considering, as part of its response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) ‘Funeral Markets Investigation’ into the operation of the funeral sector, the requirement for such structures once the immediate pressures from the pandemic have eased. The Government response to the CMA is being led by the Ministry of Justice.