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Preservation and care of register books and records in parochial custodyE+W+S+N.I.

10 Deposit of register books, etc. in diocesan record office.E

(1)Subject to section 11(3) of this Measure, every person—

(a)who by virtue of section 6 of this Measure has the custody of any register book belonging to a parish in a diocese, being a register book to which this subsection applies, or

(b)who has the custody of any record in parochial custody in such a parish, being a record to which this subsection applies,

shall as soon as practicable after the first and each subsequent inspection under section 9 of this Measure affecting that parish is begun deposit that book or record in the diocesan record office or, where the diocese has more than one such office, in such of those offices as the bishop of the diocese may specify.

(2)Subsection (1) above applies to—

(a)any register book wherein the date of the latest entry is one hundred years or more earlier than the relevant date, other than a book in use for the purpose of making entries therein, and

[F1(aa)any register book to which section 9A of this Measure applies, and]

(b)any record which was completed one hundred years or more before the relevant date.

In this subsection “relevant date” means the date on which each of the inspections referred to in subsection (1) above is begun.

(3)Without prejudice to subsection (1) above, any person—

(a)who by virtue of section 6 of this Measure has the custody of any register books belonging to a parish in a diocese, or

(b)who has the custody of any records in parochial custody in such a parish,

may, with the consent of the parochial church council of the parish, deposit any of those books or records, except a register book in use for the purpose of making entries therein, in the diocesan record office for the diocese or, where the diocese has more than one such office, in such of those offices as the bishop of the diocese may specify.

(4)Any deposit under this section shall be accompanied by—

(a)a list of the register books, and a list describing the records, which are being deposited; and

(b)a list of the register books, and a list describing the records, which are being retained in parochial custody, other than register books in use for the purpose of making entries therein.

(5)Each of the lists referred to in subsection (4)(b) above shall specify the usual place of custody of the books or records to which the list relates.

(6)A copy of each of the lists referred to in subsection (4) above shall be sent to the bishop of the diocese concerned or to such person as he may designate for the purpose.

(7)Any person who under this section deposits any register books or records in a diocesan record office shall obtain from the chief officer of that office a receipt for the books or records deposited, and that receipt shall be [F2inserted in or annexed to the inventory of articles appertaining to the parish church concerned.]