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Registration Of Births

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the position of those persons wishing to register the birth of their child through the medium of Welsh if they are (a) domiciled in Wales but their child is born in England, (b) domiciled in England and the child is born in Wales, (c) domiciled in England and the child is born in England or (d) domiciled in Wales and the child is born in Wales.

In England and Wales the law requires that a birth must be registered by the registrar for the registration of sub-district in which it occurs, regardless of the domicile of the parents. An informant wishing to register the birth of a child through the medium of Welsh may do so provided that the informant can speak and understand Welsh and the registrar to whom the information is given can also understand Welsh. The particulars required to be entered in the register in respect of a birth in Wales may be recorded in both English and Welsh provided these conditions are met and the information is given in both lauguages to a registrar in Wales who can write Welsh. However, the birth entry of a child born in England will contain particulars recorded in English only.