HC Deb 17 May 1927 vol 206 cc991-2

asked the Minister of Health whether he has now made inquiries into the administration of the Legitimacy Act, 1925; and whether he has found it possible to ameliorate the present conditions and arrange that a certificate on re-registration shall not be distinguishable from any ordinary birth certificate?


My right hon. Friend has considered this matter carefully. The arrangements for the re-registration of births under the Legitimacy Act, 1926, have been so framed as to render the entry indistinguishable from that of an ordinary legitimate birth wherever this has been possible without hardship to the parties, and it would not be possible to take any further measures without amending the whole of the general registration law. I may add, with reference to the particular points which the hon. Member has in mind, that all entries of births registered after the expiration of 12 months are required to contain the words "on the authority of the Registrar-General" and must bear the date on which they are registered.

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