HC Deb 12 July 1984 vol 63 c660W
Mr. Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether there are any plans to review the operation of the registration service for births, deaths and marriages in England and Wales.

Mr. John Patten

A scrutiny of the registration service in England and Wales will be included in the central scrutiny programme. The scrutiny — part of a series being organised and co-ordinated by the Government efficiency unit—will be looking at the operation of the service and the way it is organised, financed and controlled. Local authorities, which at present fund a large proportion of the cost, have asked for a review and Ministers have agreed to this. We hope the scrutiny will be starting later in the year.