HC Deb 19 December 1946 vol 431 c2173
84. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Minister of Health whether in any future legislation on the subject of children's birth certificates, he will bear in mind that if a man changes his name by deed poll his children's birth certificates cannot be altered and they must for all their lives on occasion show a name which they might otherwise never know that they had possessed, with a view to allowing the necessary alteration in the register.

Mr. Bevan

The point raised by the hon. Member has been noted for consideration in any general review of the operation of the Registration Acts.

Mr. Teeling

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that there are many people who have had to change their names for very good reasons, and that it means that their children, if they were already born, may find themselves unable to forget the fact which caused the change of name?

Mr. Bevan

I am aware that there are quite a number of modifications of the Registration Acts that ought to be made, but I am afraid I cannot promise Parliamentary time for a very comprehensive Act just now.