HC Deb 06 February 1941 vol 368 c1102W
Mr. Hollins

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that relatives of persons killed by enemy action are charged 2s. 7d. for a certificate; and whether he will consider a free issue?

Mr. M. MacDonald

The fee mentioned is that fixed by statute for a death certificate, apart from any search fee which may be payable, unless the certificate is required for one of the purposes to which the special cheap rate of 1/- is applicable. If, however, as seems likely, my hon. Friend has it in mind that the relatives of a person killed by enemy action may be obliged to produce a death certificate in support of a claim to the Ministry of Pensions, I can assure him that this is not the case. If the claimant does not already possess a death certificate, the death registration is verified by the Registrar General without charge under departmental arrangements.