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Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953

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[F13A Registration of births of abandoned children.E+W

(1)Where the place and date of birth of a child who was abandoned are unknown to, and cannot be ascertained by, the person who has charge of the child, that person may apply to the Registrar General for the child’s birth to be registered under this section.

(2)On an application under this section the Registrar General shall enter in a register maintained at the General Register Office—

(a)as the child’s place of birth, if the child was found by the applicant or by any person from whom (directly or indirectly) the applicant took charge of the child, the registration district and sub–district where the child was found, or, in any other case, where the child was abandoned;

(b)as the child’s date of birth, the date which, having regard to such evidence as is produced to him, appears to him to be the most likely date of birth of the child, and

(c)such other particulars as may be prescribed.

(3)The Registrar General shall not register a child’s birth under this section if—

(a)he is satisfied that the child was not born in England or Wales; or

(b)the child has been adopted in pursuance of a court order made in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands; or

(c)subject to subsection (5) below, the child’s birth is known to have been previously registered under this Act.

(4)If no entry can be traced in any register of births relating to a person who has attained the age of 18 and has not been adopted as aforesaid, that person may apply to the Registrar General for his birth to be registered under this section.

(5)On the application of—

(a)a person having the charge of a child whose birth had been registered under this Act by virtue of the proviso to section 1 of this Act (as originally enacted), or

(b)any such child who has attained the age of 18 years,

the Registrar General shall re–register the birth of the child under this section, and shall direct the officer having custody of the register of births in which the entry relating to the child was previously made to enter in the margin of the register a reference to the re–registration of the birth.]

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