Memorandum by the Department of the Environment, Transport
and the Regions
2) ORDER 1997 (S.I. 1997/2095)
The Committee has requested a memorandum on the following
Article 2 specifies Bedford Bereavement Care Limited and
Wansbeck Energy Company Limited as bodies appearing to the Secretary
of State to be exercising functions of a public nature. Explain
what the functions of each of these bodies are which made it appear
to the Secretary of State that they are of a public nature.
Bedford Bereavement Care Limited is a company set up to manage
and maintain more effectively, and more economically, the cemeteries
and crematoria within the area of Bedford Borough Council ("the
council"). It was set up to perform the functions of the
council under section 214 of, and Schedule 26 to, the Local Government
Act 1972 (cemeteries and crematoria). The company's articles of
association prevent it from undertaking work the council would
not have power to do.
Wansbeck Energy Company Limited aims to promote the efficient
local use of energy and to educate the public in energy efficiency.
It receives grants from the European Union and from central Government
to achieve those objectives.
17th November 1997