HM General Register House
2 Princes Street
Edinburgh EH1 3YY
30 June 2021
Request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA)
Thank you for your request of 24 June 2021 under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).
You asked in your correspondence for ‘the total amount of burials and cremations by
year since January 2000 until June 2021’.
Response to your request
We are writing regarding your request dated 24 June 2021 for information about the
number of burials and cremations from January 2000 until June 2021.
A request is not valid if it does not, in accordance with section 8(1)(b) of the Freedom
of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), state the name of the applicant and an
address for correspondence. As your request provides only your first name we do
not consider it to be a valid request. Accordingly, we are not obliged to respond to it.
If you provide your name (a surname and title, eg Mr or Ms, is sufficient) we would
be able to consider your request and respond in accordance with FOISA. If you need
any further advice and assistance to submit a valid request, please contact us. You
may also find it helpful to look at the answer to the question “Do I have to provide my
real name and my full address when I ask for information?” on the Scottish
Information Commissioner’s website at: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/FAQ/GeneralFAQ/InformationRequestFAQ.aspx#
However in this instance we are able to advise that, while our aim is to provide
information whenever possible, in this instance National Records of Scotland (NRS)
does not have the information you have requested. We publish death statistics for
Scotland based on the information supplied when a death is registered.
Unfortunately, we do not hold information about burial or cremation, as this is not
supplied during the registration of a death.
You may wish to contact the Cremation Society of Great Britain who record the
number of cremations across the whole of the UK each year, broken down by
crematorium. More information can be found on the statistics page on their website.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that NRS does not have the
information you have requested.
Your right to request a review
If you are unhappy with this response to your FOI request, you may ask us to carry
out an internal review of the response, by writing to:
Information Governance Team
National Records of Scotland
Your review request should explain why you are dissatisfied with this response, and
should be made within 40 working days from the date when you received this letter.
We will complete the review and tell you the result, within 20 working days from the
date when we receive your review request.
If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to appeal
to the Scottish Information Commissioner. More detailed information on your rights is
available on the Commissioner’s website at: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourRights/Unhappywiththeresponse/Appealingto
NRS FOI Team