HC Deb 12 March 1891 vol 351 cc748-9
DR. CAMERON (Glasgow, College)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the statement published by Dr. Robert R. Rentoul, of Liverpool, to the effect that he had ascertained by inquiry, that during the year 1889, 6,321 "still-born" children were interred in 71 Burial Board cemeteries; that there are 1,100 Board cemeteries in England; and that the larger number of such interments take place in parish churchyards; whether he could present to Parliament a Return of the total number of infants interred as still born in all England in 1890; and whether it would be possible in such Return to show the proportion of suck infants born respectively in and out of wedlock.


My attention had not previously been called to the statements which have been published by Dr. Rentoul. The births of still-born children are not registered by the Registrars of Births and Deaths, and consequently no Returns of these births are made to the Registrar General. I am, therefore, not in a position to give a Return of the number of infants interred as still-born in 1890, nor to state what proportion of these infants were born respectively in and out of wedlock.

In reply to a further question by Dr. CAMERON,


said: If the hon. Member will put down the Return he would like to have, I shall be glad to consider whether it can be given.