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Registration of Births Deaths Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to provide public access to the General Register Office’s microfiche indexes in (a) London and (b) elsewhere in the UK. (194536)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 14 March 2008:

As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about what plans there are to provide public access to the General Register Office's microfiche indexes in (a) London and (b) elsewhere in the UK. [194536]

The General Register Office has entered into discussion and agreement with a number of public facilities throughout England and Wales on the hosting of microfiche copies of the indexes and to provide free access.

Upon closure of the Family Records Centre these indexes will be made publicly available at centres to include Greater Manchester County Record Office, Birmingham Central Library, Bridgend Reference and Information Library and Plymouth Central Library as well as at the National Archives in Kew.

The General Register Office plan to make the indexes available at another location in central London and are currently in discussion with an archive centre in the City of Westminster.