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Welcome for new registration plans

Last updated: 2003-11-10

The Board of Deputies on behalf of the Jewish community, together with the Jewish Genealogical Society, has responded positively to the recent consultation paper issued by the General Register Office.  This set out proposals to change the arrangements for registering births, marriages and deaths.

The Board welcomed many of the changes proposed in the public consultation document, especially the proposal to make registration formalities more flexible. A number of concerns were expressed including the type of monitoring mechanism needed to oversee the central computerisation of vital records and ensure their security and protection from fraudulent interference.

Board Defence and Group Relations Chair Eleanor Lind QC commented: "The Board was grateful for the opportunity to comment on the Government consultation paper.  It is essential that adequate systems are put in place to ensure the protection and security of vital records.   Overall, the proposed changes will bring greater flexibility to the arrangements."