§ Mr. Kidney
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action he is taking to improve the civil registration system. 
§ Ms Hewitt
I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Ms Lawrence) on 7 December 1998,Official Report, 447W columns 27–28. I have asked the Registrar General for England and Wales to carry out a review of the civil registration system with the aim of producing a public consultation document this summer. The review, which is underway, will consider the existing operational framework and set out options for the future development of the service.