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Births and Deaths Registration Act 1926

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2Registrar's certificate and coroner's order

(1)The registrar, upon registering any death, shall forthwith give to the person giving information concerning the death a certificate under his hand that he has registered the death; but may, before registering the death and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, upon receiving written notice of the occurrence of a death in respect of which he has received a medical certificate under section twenty of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1874, as amended by this Act, give to the person sending the notice, if required to do so, a certificate under his hand that he has received notice of the death; and any such certificate shall be given without fee :

Provided that the registrar shall not issue any certificate in any case in which he is satisfied that an order has been issued by the coroner authorising the burial of the body.

(3)Where the body of a deceased person has been removed into England for disposal, and no order has been given by a coroner in respect thereof, the registrar of the sub-district in which it is intended to dispose of the body, if it appears that the death is not required by law to be registered in England, shall give upon application by the person procuring the disposal and upon payment of the prescribed fee a certificate to that effect in the prescribed form.

(4)A person to whom any certificate issued by the registrar under this section is delivered shall transmit it to the person effecting the disposal.

(5)A registrar by whom a certificate has been given under this Act may, upon receiving a satisfactory explanation of any circumstances by reason of which such certificate is not available for the purposes of this Act, issue on payment of the prescribed fee a duplicate thereof either to the person to whom the original certificate was given or to the person effecting the disposal; and any such duplicate certificate shall be in a distinctive form.

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