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80 Adoption Contact RegisterE+W

(1)The Registrar General must continue to maintain at the General Register Office in accordance with regulations a register in two Parts to be called the Adoption Contact Register.

(2)Part 1 of the register is to contain the prescribed information about adopted persons who have given the prescribed notice expressing their wishes as to making contact with their relatives.

(3)The Registrar General may only make an entry in Part 1 of the register for an adopted person—

(a)a record of whose birth is kept by the Registrar General,

(b)who has attained the age of 18 years, and

(c)who the Registrar General is satisfied has such information as is necessary to enable him to obtain a certified copy of the record of his birth.

(4)Part 2 of the register is to contain the prescribed information about persons who have given the prescribed notice expressing their wishes, as relatives of adopted persons, as to making contact with those persons.

(5)The Registrar General may only make an entry in Part 2 of the register for a person—

(a)who has attained the age of 18 years, and

(b)who the Registrar General is satisfied is a relative of an adopted person and has such information as is necessary to enable him to obtain a certified copy of the record of the adopted person’s birth.

(6)Regulations may provide for—

(a)the disclosure of information contained in one Part of the register to persons for whom there is an entry in the other Part,

(b)the payment of prescribed fees in respect of the making or alteration of entries in the register and the disclosure of information contained in the register.

Commencement Information

I1S. 80(1)(3)(5) in force at 30.12.2005 by S.I. 2005/2213, art. 2(e) (with savings and transitional provisions in S.I. 2005/2897, arts. 3-16)

I2S. 80(2)(4)(6) in force at 7.12.2004 for specified purposes by S.I. 2004/3203, art. 2(1)(m)(vi)

I3S. 80(2)(4)(6) in force at 30.12.2005 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2005/2213, art. 2(e) (with savings and transitional provisions in S.I. 2005/2897, arts. 3-16)

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(1)The Adoption Contact Register is not to be open to public inspection or search.

(2)In section 80, “relative”, in relation to an adopted person, means any person who (but for his adoption) would be related to him by blood (including half-blood) [F1, marriage or civil partnership].

(3)The Registrar General must not give any information entered in the register to any person except in accordance with subsection (6)(a) of that section or regulations made by virtue of section 64(4)(b).

(4)In section 80, “regulations” means regulations made by the Registrar General with the approval of [F2the Secretary of State], and “prescribed” means prescribed by such regulations.

Textual Amendments

F1Words in s. 81(2) substituted (30.12.2005) by Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c. 33), ss. 79(9), 263(2); S.I. 2005/3175, art. 2(9)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

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I4S. 81(1)-(3) in force at 30.12.2005 by S.I. 2005/2213, art. 2(e) (with savings and transitional provisions in S.I. 2005/2897, arts. 3-16)

I5S. 81(4) in force at 7.12.2004 for specified purposes by S.I. 2004/3203, art. 2(1)(m)(vi)

I6S. 81(4) in force at 30.12.2005 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2005/2213, art. 2(e) (with savings and transitional provisions in S.I. 2005/2897, arts. 3-16)

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