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Registration of Births Deaths Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Internet

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much compensation has been paid by the General Register Office to local authorities in consequence of difficulties arising in the introduction and operation of Registration On-line. (177094)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Registrar General, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 15 January 2008:

As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how much compensation has been paid by the General Register Office to local authorities in consequence of difficulties arising in the introduction and operation of Registration On-line. (177094)

Compensation claims could be lodged up to December 2007, and are still being assessed. These relate to the additional costs incurred by register offices where birth, death and stillbirth registrations which they had needed to take manually for a short period after the introduction of Registration On-line then had to be input retrospectively to the Registration On-line database. Payments totalling 43,000 have so far been agreed.