Richard Jackson

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,


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Dave Trembath,

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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.


David Trembath
Births, Deaths and Adoptions Branch
General Register Office
Tel. 0151 471 4574
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