Regulatory Reform Committee

Session 2004-05        20 December 2004

Civil Registration Proposal:  The Committee's Report

The Regulatory Reform Committee has considered the proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Registration of Births and Deaths) (England and Wales) Order 200[] and has recommended that the Order-making power under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 should not be used in respect of this proposal.

The Chairman of the Committee, Peter Pike MP, said

"The civil registration of a birth or death is an important life event that effects everyone.  We accept that the current process of civil registering births and deaths is in need of reform.  However, we feel that the sweeping nature of the proposed changes in such a sensitive area makes the proposal inappropriate for implementation by means of a regulatory reform order

Our report also draws attention to a number of other concerns about the present proposal."

The Committee's full report will be published as its Second Report of the current Session at 2.00 pm on 20 December. It will be available from all Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 118).

The text of the report will also be available on the Committee's website from 3.30 pm on the day of publication. -