Independent commission announced following baby ashes scandal

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Public Health Minister Michael Matheson announced the setting up an independent commission to report on the handling of cremated remains following the baby ashes scandal, on 16 April 2013.

Mr Matheson, responding to a question from Glasgow MSP Sandra White, said the group would report back on the policies and practices of cremation before the end of the year to ensure consistency across Scotland.

An investigation is already underway into Mortonhall crematorium in Edinburgh after it emerged that babies' ashes had been scattered without the knowledge of their parents, and the BBC recently revealed concerns about crematoriums in Aberdeen and Glasgow.

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