Maciej Wójtowicz

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

Staffordshire County Council

Dear Maciej Wójtowicz,
 
Thank you for your request for information received by Staffordshire
County Council on 07/12/2018.
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.
 
If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the case reference number above in any future
communications.
Yours sincerely,
 
Access Team
Information Governance Unit

Staffordshire County Council

Dear Maciej Wójtowicz,

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

The information you have requested is not held by Staffordshire County
Council as it does not relate to a County Council function. I therefore
recommend that you make a request to the local Borough and District
Councils directly. A list of the local councils can be found at the
following link:

 

[1]http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/yourcoun...

 

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

  

Yours sincerely,

 
Access Team
Information Governance Unit

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Portch, David (S,G&C), Staffordshire County Council

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Dear Maciej Wójtowicz,

 

 

Thank you for your request for information. My apologies for the response
below that you have been sent in error.

 

Information provided by the relevant service area(s) is that Staffordshire
County Council do not have any non-European human remains in our
collections.

 

If you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by
our authority you should contact us in the first instance.  Send your
comment or complaint to:

 

Access Manager, Information Governance Unit, Staffordshire County Council,
1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford ST16 2DH or email
[1][email address]

 

If you then have any further comments relating to how your request has
been handled by our authority, please contact the Information
Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Regards

  

David Portch

 

Information Governance Unit

Staffordshire County Council

1 Staffordshire Place

Stafford

ST16 2DH

 

From: [email address]
<[email address]>
Sent: 03 January 2019 11:58
To: [FOI #537926 email]
Subject: Your Freedom of Information request case reference F0000086

 

Dear Maciej Wójtowicz,

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

The information you have requested is not held by Staffordshire County
Council as it does not relate to a County Council function. I therefore
recommend that you make a request to the local Borough and District
Councils directly. A list of the local councils can be found at the
following link:

[2]http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/yourcoun...

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

 

Access Team
Information Governance Unit

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