Repatriation of human remains

Maciej Wójtowicz made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Powys County Council as part of a batch sent to 265 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Sir or Madam

REPATRIATION OF HUMAN REMAINS

I am carrying out some research into the storage, retention and repatriation of non-European ethnological human remains held in UK regional museums or archives some of which are owned, managed or funded by UK local authorities.

To assist with this could you please let me have the following information under the Freedom of Information Act. All of these questions relate to human remains that are under 1,000 years of age. If your organisation is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act please consider supporting this research anyway and providing the information voluntarily. A link to the research will be provided to all contributers when it is published:

1. How many non-European human remains do you have in your collection or collections managed by organisations which you fund or control? If you do not have the exact number then please provide an approximation based on your normal method of counting.

2. How many human remains do you have in your collection which originated in:
a. Canada
b. New Zealand
c. Australia

3. How many requests for the repatriation of human remains have you had from communities, individuals or institutions outside of Europe since the Human Tissue Act 2004 came into force?

4. Of these requests, how many were:
a. Approved in full, with all of the requested remains being returned to the communities/individuals in question.
b. Approved in part with some of the requested remains being returned.
c. Not approved.
d. Still awaiting a decision.

5. For those requests which were not approved please provide a copy of the final decision letter setting out the reasons.

6. How many human remains have you repatriated to their country of origin proactively without receiving a request?

Thanking you in advance for your assistance with this important research project which should help to reconnect numerous Indigenous communities with their lost ancestors.

Yours faithfully

Maciej Wójtowicz

Information Compliance, Powys County Council

 

Cyfarwyddwr Strategol: Rheoli Gwybodaeth/
Adnoddau
Information Compliance
Acting Director: Resources
Neuadd Y Sir / County Hall
Mark Evans
Spa Road East

Llandrindod Wells

Powys LD1 5LG
  If calling please ask for / Os yn galw
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Tel / Ffôn:  01597 82 7543        
 
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  Our ref / Ein cyf:  F2018-1299

Date / Dyddiad:   10/12/18

 

 

Request Accepted

 

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

Reference No: F2018/1299

 

Dear Mr Wójtowicz

 

Thank you for your request for information, received at this office on
07/12/2018, in which you requested details of the following:

 

Repatriation of Human Remains          

 

The above is a summary of your request. The full details of the
information sought is provided to the officer to whom the request is
tasked.

 

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject
to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party. In some circumstances Powys County Council may be unable to achieve
this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

 

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The due date for responding to this request for information is 09/01/2019.

 

Should you need to discuss this further please contact the Information
Compliance Team on 01597 827543.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Powys County Council.

 

Yours sincerely,

Carl Bryden

 

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

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Information Compliance, Powys County Council

Cyfarwyddwr Strategol: Rheoli Gwybodaeth/
Adnoddau
Information Compliance
Acting Director: Resources
Neuadd Y Sir / County Hall
Mark Evans
Spa Road East

Llandrindod Wells

Powys LD1 5LG
  If calling please ask for / Os yn galw
gofynnwch am
 
 
 
Tel / Ffôn:  01597 82 7543        
 
Email/Llythyru electronig:
[1][email address]

Our ref / Ein cyf:  F2018-1299

Date / Dyddiad:   17/12/2018

 

Reference No: F2018-1299

 

 

Dear Mr Wójtowicz

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 07/12/2018 concerning
Repatriation of Human Remains

 

This is to inform you that your request has been considered and I can
provide the following response:

 

The Request:

 

I am carrying out some research into the storage, retention and
repatriation of non-European ethnological human remains held in UK
regional museums or archives some of which are owned, managed or funded by
UK local authorities.

 

To assist with this could you please let me have the following information
under the Freedom of Information Act. All of these questions relate to
human remains that are under 1,000 years of age. If your organisation is
not covered by the Freedom of Information Act please consider supporting
this research anyway and providing the information voluntarily. A link to
the research will be provided to all contributors when it is published:

 

1.         How many non-European human remains do you have in your
collection or collections managed by organisations which you fund or
control? If you do not have the exact number, then please provide an
approximation based on your normal method of counting. - None

 

2. How many human remains do you have in your collection which originated
in:

a. Canada - None

b. New Zealand - None

c. Australia - None

 

3.         How many requests for the repatriation of human remains have
you had from communities, individuals or institutions outside of Europe
since the Human Tissue Act 2004 came into force? - None

 

4.         Of these requests, how many were:

a.         Approved in full, with all of the requested remains being
returned to the communities/individuals in question. - N/A

b.         Approved in part with some of the requested remains being
returned. - N/A

c.         Not approved. - N/A

d.         Still awaiting a decision. - N/A

 

5.         For those requests which were not approved please provide a
copy of the final decision letter setting out the reasons. - N/A

 

6. How many human remains have you repatriated to their country of origin
proactively without receiving a request? - None

 

 

We believe that this request is now complete and shall be closed
immediately. Should any further information be requested regarding this
topic, a separate request will need to be submitted.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Powys County Council.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Compliance Team

 

 

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