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Open Historic Registers now.

Bills Presented to Parliament.


In the last 40 years there have been a number of attempts to change the legislation governing the access and storage of civil registers.

House of Lords

Lord Teviot introduced a Bill [Public Records (Amendment) Bill on three separate occasions in the House of Lords [1978, 1979 & 1983].
The Bill was passed by the Lords in 1983 but unfortunately the passage through the House of Commons was prematurely scuppered by the calling of a General Election.

Public Records (Amendment) Bill

The most recent attempt, moved by Baroness Scott of Needham Market, was on 18 November 2014. Baroness Scott put forward an amendment of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953.
After a short exchange this amendment was withdrawn by Baroness Scott to enable further meetings with interested parties to discuss the amendment.

Amendment to the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 (Successfully amended)

Deregulation Bill 05/02/2015:
Lord Stoneham of Droxford moved Amendment No. 33A and 33B on behalf of his noble friend Lady Scott of Needham Market who was unfortunately overseas on parliamentary business and therefore to able to move the amendment in person.

The Bill has passed through all stages of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and is now waiting for Royal Assent.


Royal Asset to the Deregulation Act announced at 1719 today 26 March 2015 in the House of Lords witnessed by members of the House of Commons.


That means from midnight tonight the public can legally be supplied with non certified copies of BMD records

How long will it actually take before the GRO start supplying such copies?

Deregulation Bill Amendment No. 33A and 33B (scroll down page to 33A)

House of Commons

In 1999 Mr. Keith Darvill presented a Bill [Civil Registration (Access to Records)] to amend the law relating to access to registers of births, marriages and deaths; and for connected purposes: It was read the first time 26 October 1999 and ordered to be read a second time on Friday 5 November

Civil Registration (Access to Records)

In 2002 the government released a white paper Civil Registration Vital Change : Birth Marriage and Death Registration in the 21st Century.

After the consultation period it was decided to make the changes required through the Regulatory Reform procedure. This was an unfortunate choice as the Regulatory Reform Committee subsequently decided the procedure was not appropriate for change of this extent.

Regulatory Reform Committee Report