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Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Registration of Births

    1. 1. Particulars of births to be registered.

    2. 2. Information concerning birth to be given to registrar within forty–two days.

    3. 3. Information concerning finding of new–born child to be given to registrar within forty–two days.

    4. 3A. Registration of births of abandoned children.

    5. 4. Registrar’s power to require information concerning birth.

    6. 5. Registration of births free of charge.

    7. 6. Registration between three and twelve months from date of birth.

    8. 7. Registration after twelve months from date of birth.

    9. 8. Penalty for improper registration after 12 months from date of birth.

    10. 9. Giving of information to a person other than the registrar.

    11. 10. Registration of father where parents not married or of second female parent where parents not married or civil partners

    12. 10ZA.Registration of father or second female parent by virtue of certain provisions of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

    13. 10A. Re-registration where parents neither married nor civil partners

    14. 11. Special provision as to registration of still–birth.

    15. 12. Certificate of registration of birth.

    16. 13. Registration of name of child or of alteration of name.

    17. 14. Re–registration of births of legitimated persons.

    18. 14A. Re–registration after declaration of parentage.

  3. Part II Registration of Deaths

    1. 15. Particulars of deaths to be registered.

    2. 16. Information concerning death in a house.

    3. 17. Information concerning other deaths.

    4. 18. Notice preliminary to information of death.

    5. 19. Registrar’s power to require information concerning death.

    6. 20. Registration of death free of charge.

    7. 21. Registration of death after twelve months.

    8. 22. Certificates of cause of death.

    9. 23. Furnishing of information by coroner.

    10. 23A.Giving of information concerning a death to a person other than the registrar

    11. 24. Certificates as to registration of death.

  4. Part III General

    1. Registers, certified copies, etc.

      1. 25. Provision of registers, etc., by Registrar General.

      2. 26. Quarterly returns to be made by registrar to superintendent registrar.

      3. 27. Quarterly returns by superintendent registrar to Registrar General.

      4. 28. Custody of registers, etc.

      5. 29. Correction of errors in registers.

      6. 29A. Alternative procedure for certain corrections.

    2. Searches and Certificates

      1. 30. Searches of indexes kept by Registrar General.

      2. 31. Searches of indexes kept by superintendent registrars.

      3. 32. Searches in registers kept by registrars.

      4. 33. Short certificate of birth.

      5. 34. Entry in register as evidence of birth or death.

      6. 34A.Searches and records of information: additional provision

    3. Offences

      1. 35. Offences relating to registers.

      2. 36. Penalties for failure to given information, etc.

      3. 37. Penalty for forging certificate, etc.

      4. 38. Prosecution of offences and application of fines.

    4. Miscellaneous

      1. 38A.Fees

      2. 39. Regulations.

      3. 39A.Regulations made by the Minister: further provisions

      4. 40. Sending documents by post.

      5. 41. Interpretation.

      6. 42. Savings, etc.

      7. 43. Repeals and consequential amendments.

      8. 44. Short title, extent and commencement.

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      Consequential Amendments of other Enactments

      1. 1.. . . . . . . . . ....

      2. B. The Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1926 (16 & 17 Geo.5. c.88)

        1. 2.In subsection (1) of section one, for the reference to...

        2. 3.In section five, for the reference to a certificate given...

      3. The Legitimacy Act, 1926 (16 & 17 Geo. 5. c.60)

        1. 4.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. SECOND SCHEDULE

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