HC Deb 17 June 1931 vol 253 c1764W
Captain W. G. HALL

asked the Home Secretary if he will consider a change in the regulations which permit registrars of births and deaths to charge a search fee, however recent the entry, in addition to other charges for a certified copy, seeing that the cost of obtaining copies of entries bears heavily on poor persons?


I have been asked to reply. The charge in question is a statutory one; and legislation would in any case be necessary to amend it. I do not think, however, that this charge presses heavily upon poor people in general, since for nearly all the purposes for which certificates are required by such persons special cheap rates are prescribed by law which are exempt from the payment of any search fee.

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