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Statutory Instruments,
1968 No. 1242

Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages, Etc.

England and Wales
The Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages (Fees) Order 1968

Made _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  1st August 1968
Laid before Parliament  9th August 1968
Coming into Operation 16th August 1968

The Minister of Health, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 5 of and Schedule 3 to the Public Expenditure and Receipts Act 1968(a), and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following order :-

Title and commencement

1.      This order may be cited as the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages ( Fees) Order 1968 and shall come into operation on 16th August 1968.

Interpretation

2.-(1) The Interpretation Act 1889(b) shall apply to the interpretation of this order as it applies to the interpretation of an Act of Parliament.

(2) In this order, any reference to a provision of the Marriage Act 1949(c) specifying sums shall be construed as a reference to that provision as amended by section 23 of and schedule 1 to the Registration Service Act 1953(d) (which increased certain sums specified in the marriage Act 1949 by 50 per cent.)

Variation of Fees, etc.

2. The enactments specified in column 2 of schedule 1 to this order (which relate to fees, etc., payable in respect of matters mentioned in column 3 of that schedule) shall be amended by substituting for the sums specified in column 4 of that schedule the sums specified in column 5 thereof.

3. Fees ceasing to be payable, and repeal of superseded enactments

4.-(1) The sums payable under the enactments specified in column 2 of schedule 2 to this order (which relate to fees, etc., payable in respect of the matters mentioned in column 3 of that schedule) shall cease to be payable ; and the said enactments shall be repealed to the extent specified in column 4 of that schedule.

(2) The fee payable for the issue of a certificate for marriage under section 32(5) of the Marriage Act 1949 (which specifies the fees for issue of a certificate and licence for marriage) shall cease to be payable.

5.-(1) The fee of three shillings and ninepence specified by section 63(1) of the Marriage Act 1949 for every certified copy of an entry in a marriage register book to which that section applies shall be increased-
(a) to five shillings where application for a copy is made-
(i) at the time of registering the marriage or
(ii) to a registrar by whom the book containing the entry is kept, and
(b) to eight shillings in any other case.

(2) The fee of ninepence specified by section 33(1) of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953(a) for obtaining a short certificate of birth-
(a) shall cease to be payable for a certificate obtained at the time of registering the birth (or, if more than one such certificate is obtained, the first of them) and

(b) shall be increased to three shillings in any other case.

1

2
Enactment
specifying fees

3
Matter for which
fee is payable

4
Old
fee

5
New
fee

1855
c.81

Places of Worship
Registration Act 1855
Section 5

Certification of place of
meeting for religious worship

2s. 6d.

£1

1887
c.40

Savings bank Act 1887
Section 10

Certificate of birth, death
or marriage, for purposes
of certain Acts

1s.

2s.

1896
c.25

Friendly Societies Act
1896
Section 97(1)

Section 97(2)

Certificate of birth or
death, for purposes of
that Act

Further certificates under
section 97(1)

1s.


6d.

2s.


2s.

1938
c.69

Young persons (Employment)
Act 1938
Section 5

Copy of entry in birth
register, for purposes of
that Act

6d.

2s.

1944
c.31

Education Act 1944
Section 94(1)

Copy of entry in birth
register, for purposes of
certain Acts

6d.

2s.

1948
c39

Industrial Assurance
and Friendly Societies
Act 1948
Schedule 1, paragraph 7

Certificate death, for
purposes of that Act

1s.

2s.

1949
c.76

Marriage Act 1949
Section 27(6)

Section 41(6)


Section 51

Section 57(4)




Section 62(2)


Section 65(2)


Entry in marriage notice
book

Registration of buildings
for solemnisation of
marriages

Fees of registrars for
attending marriage

Sum paid to incumbent,
etc. for every entry contained
in quarterly certified
copies of entries of
marriages

General search of indexes
of register books kept by
superintendent registrars

Certified copy of entry,
following search of indexes
kept at General Register Office

1s. 6d.

£4 10s


15s
7s. 6d.

9d.




7s. 6d.


3s. 9d.


15s.

£6


£1

3s.




£2


8s.


1950
c.28

Shops Act 1950
Section 35

Copy of entry in birth register,
for purposes of
that Act

6d.

2s.

1953
c.20

Births and Deaths Registration
Act 1953
Section 13(2)

Section 30(2)



Section 31(2)




Section 32

Issue of certificate of
baptism

Certified copy of entry,
following search of indexes
kept in General Register
Office

General search of indexes
kept by superintendent
registrars
Certified copy of entry
issued under that sub section

Certified copy of entry
in registers kept by
registrars

1s. 6d.


3s. 9d.



7s. 6d.


3s. 9d.

3s. 9d.

3s.


8s.



£2


8s.

5s.

1961
c.34

Factories Act 1961
Section 178(1)

Extract of entry in birth
register, for purposes of
that Act

6d.

2s.

1965
c.51

National Insurance Act
1965
Section 91(2)

Copy of entry of particulars
of birth, death or
marriage for purposes of that Act

6d.
1s.

2s.

Schedule 2                         Article 4

Fees Ceasing to be Payable

1


2
Enactment
specifying fees

3
Matter for which
fee is payable

4
Extent
of repeal

1855
c.81

Places of Worship Registration
Act 1855
Section 7

Inspection of list of places
certified under the Act

The words “on payment
to such superintendent
registrar of a fee of one
shilling

1856
c.119

Marriage and Registration
Act 1856
Section 24

Search in Returns of
certified places of worship,
etc.

The words “on payment
to him of the several fees
herein-after mentioned”
and the words from “and
the Registrar General
shall be entitled” onwards

1874
c.88

Births and Deaths Registration
Act 1874
Section 28

Registrars’ returns of
deaths to local authorities

The words from “The
registrar making such
return” onwards

1896
c.25

Friendly Societies Act
1896
Section 97(3)

Filling up by registrar of
form of application for
certificate of birth or
death

The whole subsection

1944
c.31

Education Act 1944
Section 94(2)

Registrars’ returns of
births and deaths to local
education authorities

The words from “and
in respect of every entry”
onwards

1949
c.76

Marriage Act 1949
Section 29(1)

Section 31(6)

Section 63(1)


Section 64(2)



Section 65(2)


Entry of caveat against
issue of certificate or
licence for marriage

Issue of certificate for
marriage without licence

Search in marriage register
books kept by incumbents,
registrars, etc.

Particular search of indexes
of marriage register
books kept by superintendent
registrars

General or particular
search of indexes kept at
General Register Office

The words “on payment
of a fee of seven shillings
and sixpence”.

The whole subsection

Sub-paragraph (a)


Sub-paragraph (b)



Sub-paragraph (a) and
(b).

1953
c.20

Births and Deaths Registration
Act 1953
Section 5

Section 6(3)

Section (7)2

Section 9(4)

Section 11(3)

Section 12



Section 13(1)






Section 14(3)

Section 20

Section 21(2)

Section 24(2)



Section 24(4)

Section 29(3)





Section 30(2)


Section 31(2)


Section 32

Registration of birth if
effected at a private house

Registration between 3
and 12 months from birth

Registration after 12
months from birth

Declaration of information
concerning birth

Duplicate certificates as to
registration of still-birth

Certificate by registrar
that he has registered a
birth

Registration of name of
child given or altered
within 12 months of registration
of birth



Re-registration of births
of legitimated persons

Registration of death if
effected at a private house

Registration of death
after 12 months

Certificate that a death is
not required to be registered
in England or
Wales

Duplicate certificate as to
registration of death

Correction of certain
errors in a register of
live-births, still-births or
deaths


General or particular
search of indexes kept at
General Register Office

Particular search of indexes
kept by superintendent
registrars

Search in registers kept
by registrars

The proviso.


The whole subsection

The whole subsection

The whole subsection

The words “on payment
of the prescribed fee”.

The words “and upon
payment to him by the
informant of a fee not
exceeding fourpence”.

The words “and upon
payment to him by the
person procuring the
name mentioned in the
certificate to be entered
of a fee of one shilling
and sixpence”.

The whole subsection

The proviso

The whole subsection

The words “and upon
payment of the prescribed
fee”.

The words “on payment
of the prescribed fee”.

The words “upon payment
to him by the person
requiring the error to be
corrected of a fee of three
shillings and ninepence
and”.

Sub-paragraphs (a) and
(b).

Sub-paragraph (b)


Sub-paragraphs (a) and
(b).

Given under the official seal of the Minister of Health on 1st August 1968.
(L.S.)                                                                         Kenneth Robinson   
                                                                                  Minister of Health

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