Registration of Births of Children with No Name

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From: Richard Jackson

14 July 2008

Dear Sir or Madam,

It is my understanding that it is possible to register the birth of
a child with no name, and then subsequently have a name entered
into the register at any point within 12 months.

If this is so (and if not, I would appreciate you pointing me to
the relevant laws), I would ask that you provide

a) for each of the last 10 years:

1) the number of children initially registered without a name

2) the number of such children where a name is subsequently
registered within 12 months

b) details on any process the GRO has for pro-actively contacting
parents of children registered without a name both within and
beyond this 12 month period.

Yours faithfully,

Richard

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14 July 2008

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15 July 2008


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16 July 2008

Dear Sir

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From: Dave Trembath

12 August 2008


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Dear Richard,

You asked, for each of the last ten years, the number of children where the
birth was initially registered without a name and the number of such
children where a name was subsequently entered in the register within 12
months. I asked the Office for National Statistics for this information and
they have provided the figures in the table below.

(See attached file: Names enquiry summary.xls)

You also asked for details on any process we have for proactively
contacting parents of children whose births are registered without a name
being recorded. There is no process for doing this. It is for the parents
to request a name to be added to the registration if and when they wish to
do this.

Regards,

David Trembath
Births, Deaths and Adoptions Branch
General Register Office
Tel. 0151 471 4574
For the latest data on the economy and society consult National Statistics at http://www.statistics.gov.uk

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