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Registration Of Births And Deaths Bill—Bill 80

Volume 221: debated on Thursday 23 July 1874

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( Mr. Selater-Booth, Mr. Clare Mead, Mr. Assheton Cross.)


Bill considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Clauses 1 to 9, inclusive, agreed to.

Clause 10 (Information concerning death, where deceased dies in a house).

moved to report Progress, on the ground that the Bill had come upon them by surprise.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 11 to 19, inclusive, agreed to.

Clause 20 (Registration, where no medical certificate of cause of death) struck out.

Clause 21 (Alteration of Registrars' districts).

moved, in line 40, after "districts of," to insert—

"Superintendent Registrars (and this notwithstanding such districts have been heretofore temporary districts), and also the districts of."

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 21 to 28, inclusive, agreed to.

Clause 29 (Certificate of birth having been registered).

moved to leave out the clause, on the ground that it would considerably diminish the scanty remuneration of the Registrars, by allowing a certificate to be obtainable for a fee of 3d., whereas the present fee was 2s. 6d.

regarded the clause as a very valuable one in the interests of the public at large, and promised that if it injuriously affected the remuneration of the Registrars he would consider how it could be remedied.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 30 to 36, inclusive, agreed to.

Clause 37 (Register when not evidence).

moved, in page 15, line 31, to leave out "three months," and insert "forty-two days."

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 38 (Penalty for not giving information, complying with requisition, &c).

moved, in page 16, line 12, after "body," to insert "or who fails to give the same, or"

thought a compulsory registration in the case of death unnecessary, as it was substantially so at present.

supported the Amendment, so as to guard against the surreptitious burial of those living in convents and monasteries.

Amendment negatived.

Clause verbally amended, and agreed to.

Remaining clauses agreed to.

Bill reported; as amended, to be considered upon Monday next, and to be printed. [Bill 224.]