HC Deb 01 August 1923 vol 167 c1514W

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that the only public official not receiving any War bonus is the registrar of births, deaths, etc., and that many boards of guardians have refused to give the gratuities recommended in his Circular No. 91, and as the receipts of many of these men (from fees fixed in 1836) have been greatly reduced by diminished births and deaths, the demolition of condemned areas, the increase cost of deputies and office expenses, he will state how and when these existing hardships will be remedied?


The circumstances to which the hon. and gallant Member refers, and which are fully present to my mind, can only be dealt with by legislation, and I regret that I cannot see my way to introduce any legislation on the subject in the near future. The question is, however, being considered, and I am receiving a deputation of registrars shortly with reference to it.