Repatriation of human remains

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

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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

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Maciej Wójtowicz,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION 

 

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 which we received on 07 December 2018.  It is our
intention to have the response delivered to you by 09 January 2019.

 

I would like to inform you that all requests submitted under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 might be subject to exemption(s), which the
Authority is entitled to apply to refuse the request.

 

Any future correspondence you may have in relation to this matter should
be marked Private & Confidential and sent to the Senior Information
Governance Officer, Information Management Team, County Hall, Wakefield
WF1 2QW or e-mailed to [1][Wakefield City Council request email].

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Governance Officer

Corporate Information Governance Team,

City Solicitor’s Office.

Wakefield MDC, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW

Email: [2][Wakefield City Council request email]

Tel: 01924 306112

 

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freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Maciej Wójtowicz,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Please find the response to your request below.

 

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

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries
regarding this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Officer

Information Governance Team

City Solicitor’s Office

Wakefield MDC

Tel: 01924 306112

E-mail: [1][Wakefield City Council request email]

 

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