Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Council have released the following statement tonight:

Expected publication date announced for Mortonhall Crematorium report.

Sue Bruce, Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

“Dame Elish Angiolini’s report is lengthy and wide ranging and I needed to read it thoroughly before setting a publication date. It was also important that the Council considered issues around the protection of sensitive personal data prior to publication.

"Due to the length of the report, we expect to publish it on Wednesday 30 April with parents receiving a personal copy that morning, ahead of wider publication. I intend to write to parents personally tomorrow to advise them of this. I understand how anxious they are to receive the report and hope this timescale will reassure them.”

A hard copy of Dame Elish Angiolini’s report was received by Sue Bruce on the afternoon of Tuesday 15 April.

Mortonhall Crematorium - Report Update 

The City of Edinburgh Council has set up this dedicated web portal for the investigation being led by Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC into the cremation of babies at Mortonhall Crematorium. The website is not managed by the City of Edinburgh Council.

This secure site can be used by bereaved parents and families or other interested parties to send information to her in strictest confidence. It is not accessible to staff outwith the Investigation Team. 

Dame Elish was appointed after the Council's Transport and Environment Committee agreed to commission an appropriate independent expert to lead and direct a further investigation.

The remit will be to review the Crematorium files, conduct further investigation and interviews and draw on such other expert advice as Dame Elish deems necessary to enable her to reach her own findings. The full remit is set out in the ‘About the Investigation’ section.

Dame Elish will report her findings to City of Edinburgh Council Chief Executive Sue Bruce and the investigation findings will go to the Transport and Environment Committee which is led by Cllr Lesley Hinds. The report and findings will be made public.