Dear General Register Office,
I Am requesting a Certificate of Live Birth.
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Thank you for your enquiry.
Please note that we have handled your query as official correspondence
rather than under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. This
has made no difference to our response
The General Register Office - and the local registration service – only
deal with the registration of births and the keeping of those
registrations (and issuing certified copies of those records).
When you refer to a “live birth record” I believe you may be referring to
a notification made to the local health authorities shortly after the
birth by, for example, a doctor or midwife who attended the birth. I think
practice has varied over the years as to exactly in what form such
notifications were made, and I do not know whether health authorities
retain these. If you wish to pursue this I can only suggest that you
contact the health authority for the area in which you were born to see
whether they may still have any such record.
I hope this information is of help to you
Please do not reply to this email. Should you have any further questions
or concerns please contact us directly via our online contact form and
we will be happy to help you.
Customer Correspondence Unit Manager
Her Majesty's Passport Office, General Register Office
I Smedley Hydro I Trafalgar Road I Southport I PR8 2HH
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