Repatriation of human remains

Maciej Wójtowicz made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to St Albans District 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

Lisa McCormack, St Albans District Council

CORPORATE SERVICES
Head of Service - Simonne De Vall
 
Our Ref: 000002888
Please ask for: FOI Coordinator
Direct Dial:  (01727) 819209
e-mail address: [St Albans District Council request email]
Date:  10th December 2018

 
 
Dear Mr Wjtowicz
 
Freedom of Information Request - acknowledgement
Reference:000002888
 
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District Council. Your email was received by the Council on 7th December
2018.
 
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Yolissa Tite, St Albans District Council

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Head of Service - Simonne De Vall
 
Our Ref: 000002888
Please ask for: FOI Coordinator
Direct Dial:  (01727) 819209
e-mail address: [St Albans District Council request email]
Date:  18th December 2018

 
 
Dear Mr Wjtowicz
 
Freedom of Information Request Ref. No. 000002888
 
I write with regard to your request for information sent by email to St
Albans City & District Council.  Your email was received by the Council on
7th December 2018.
 
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are required to confirm what
information we hold, and if we do hold the information, disclose the
information, subject to exemptions or other provisions applying.
 
You requested:
 
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?
Our response:
 
We can confirm that we do not hold any items that fall within the scope of
questions 1-6 of this Freedom of Information request.
 
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recommends that you first refer the matter to the Council. You can do this
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Kind regards
 
 
FOI Coordinator
Corporate Services
 
 
 
 
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intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated.
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those of St Albans City and District Council unless explicitly stated.
Please be aware that emails sent to or received from St Albans City and
District Council may be intercepted and read by the council.
Interception will only occur to ensure compliance with council policies or
procedures or regulatory obligations, to prevent or deter crime, or for
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Please note that the Council does not accept service by e-mail
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Protection Policy.  You can find more information about how we will handle
your personal information in our privacy notice: [2]Privacy Notice

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