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Stillborn Babies (Registration)

Volume 31: debated on Tuesday 9 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will seek to amend the law relating to the registration of stillborn babies to allow the parents of the child to put a name on the death certificate.

I have no plans to do so. A law requiring a registrar to seek a name for a stillborn child, though welcomed by some, may be distressing to others. I sympathise deeply with parents who wish to associate their grief for a stillborn child with some name, but I do not feel that the stillbirth register is a suitable vehicle.