HC Deb 24 April 1896 vol 39 c1633

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ire-land, whether his attention has been called to the death of an old woman named Mary Moore in the workhouse at Belfast; on the 15th instant; whether he is aware that the friends of deceased, on making application for a certificate of death, were informed that such certificate would be given to them on the 21st instant; and whether, considering that such delay in obtaining certificates in case of death of poor people causes great inconvenience where they are depending for funds to bury them on what is joining to them out of burial societies, he will now consider the desirability of having one central registry established in the city of Belfast?


I am informed by the Registrar General that the person who made application to have the registry effected in this case was not a properly qualified informant, and her information could not, therefore, be accepted. This person was told that a certificate would be granted on the 21st instant, when the necessary information to enable the completion of the registration would be supplied by the master of the workhouse. The delay in the case was entirely due to the fact that the person who attended to register the death was not a properly qualified informant, and, therefore, it in no way affects the question of the establishment of a central office, as to which I have already replied to a Question put by the hon. Member.

MR. M. McCARTAN (Down, S.)

asked, whether as a matter of fact there had not been a delay of nearly a week?


said, that apparently there had boon, as the death took place on the 13th instant and the certificate was promised for the 21st.