§ SIR WALTER FOSTER (Derby, Ilkeston)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to Mr. Justice Grantham's remarks at the Central Criminal Court on 10th March, at the trial of Amelia Hollis, with reference to the present system, of putting away still-born children; and whether, seeing that the Report of the Select Committee on Death Certification in 1893 expressed the opinion that the absence of legal requirements that such births shall be registered prior to the disposal of the bodies is fraught with very serious danger to child life, he will bring in a Bill to amend the Law in the direction recommended by the Select Committee.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir M. W. RIDLEY,) Lancashire, N., Blackpool
My attention has been called to the remarks of the learned Judge, and I may say that one of the recommendations made by the Select Committee—namely, the 1666 equalising of the burial fees for stillborn children with those for children not a month old—has long been the rule of the Home Office in, its administration of the Burial Acts. The general subject of death certification is engaging my attention, and I am at the present moment in communication with the Local Government Board.