HC Deb 03 March 1976 vol 906 cc663-4W
Mr. Anthony Grant

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which Minister is responsible for the Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths; whether she will publish this fact in the list of ministerial responsibilities within Departments; and what is the reason for such allocation of responsibility.

Mrs. Castle

The General Register Office, which is part of the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, is administered by the Registrar-General, who is appointed by Her Majesty and personally exercises powers conferred upon him by Acts of Parliament. I have some ministerial responsibility for OPCS and approve any regulations which the Registrar-General may make. Other Ministers in my Department can act on my behalf and the Minister of State with special responsibility for health takes a particular interest in OPCS matters because of their links with health and personal social services. The list of ministerial responsibilities within the Department will be amended to incorporate a reference to the work of OPCS.

English region, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, at the last date for which figures are available.

Mr. Alfred Morris

The information requested is as follows:

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