The Local Government (Registration Service in Wales) Order 1995

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Published: 1995-11-30

Statutory Instruments
1995 No. 3106

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ENGLAND AND WALES
The Local Government (Registration Service in Wales) Order 1995

Made
30th November 1995

Laid before Parliament
1st December 1995

Coming into force
22nd December 1995

The Secretary of State for Health, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 54(1)(a) and (2)(a), (b), (c), (e) and (i)(ii) of the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994(1) and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following Order—

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Local Government (Registration Service in Wales) Order 1995 and shall come into force on 22nd December 1995.

(2) In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires—

“the 1949 Act” means the Marriage Act 1949(2);

“the 1953 Act” means the Registration Service Act 1953(3);

“the 1994 Act” means the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994;

“approved registration scheme” means a scheme submitted to the Secretary of State in accordance with article 2 of this Order and approved by the Secretary of State(4) under section 14 of the 1953 Act(5);

“district” means a registration district for the purposes of section 5 of the 1953 Act(6);

“new authority” means a county council or county borough council which is established in Wales under the Local Government Act 1972(7);

“old authority” means a district council or county council in Wales which ceases to exist on 1st April 1996 under the Local Government Act 1972(8);

“registration officer” means any superintendent registrar or registrar of births and deaths appointed under section 6(1) of the 1953 Act and any deputy superintendent registrar or deputy registrar of births and deaths appointed under section 8(1) of that Act and “office” shall be constructed accordingly;

“sub-district” means a registration sub-district for the purposes of section 5 of the 1953 Act; and

“successor superintendent registrar” means the superintendent registrar designated by the Registrar General in respect of a registration district in accordance with article 7(1) of this Order.

Local Registration Service

2.—(1) Each new authority shall not later than 15th January 1996 submit to the Secretary of State a scheme for the purposes of section 13 of the 1953 Act, and section 13(2) and (3) (provision to be made by local scheme) and section 14(4) (approved of schemes by the Secretary of State) of the 1953 act shall apply to any scheme so submitted.

(2) If a new authority fails to submit a scheme in accordance with paragraph (1) of this article, the Registrar General may, after consultation with that authority, submit to the Secretary of State a scheme for the purposes of section 13 of the 1953 Act and any scheme so prepared by him, if approved by the Secretary of State, shall have effect as if it were a scheme submitted by the new authority and approved by the Secretary of State.

(3) Subject to any further scheme made by a new authority and approved by the Secretary of State under section 14 of the 1953 Act, the approved registration scheme shall have effect for the organisation of the registration service in the county or county borough to which it relates from 1st April 1996.

Transfer of Registration Officers

3.—(1) This article applies to any registration officer—

(a)who immediately before 1st April 1996 holds office in or for a district or sub-district in the area of an old authority under an appointment made by that authority;

(b)who would have continued to hold that office after 1st April 1996 but for the abolition of that authority; and

(c)whose name is mentioned in column (1) of the Schedule to this Order.

(2) Every registration officer to whom this article applies shall, on 1st April 1996—

(a)be transferred from the old authority mentioned in column (2) of the Schedule to this Order opposite his name to the new authority mentioned in column (3) of that Schedule opposite his name; and

(b)if an office is allocated to him in accordance with article 4 of this Order, become the holder of that office as if he had been appointed to it by the new authority.

(3) All the rights, powers, duties and liabilities of the old authority under or in connection with the terms and conditions on which the registration office held office shall be transferred on 1st April 1996 to the new authority.

(4) Anything done before 1st April 1996 by or in relation to the old authority in respect of those terms and conditions or the registration officer shall be deemed from that date to have been done by or in relation to the new authority.

(5) Where a registration officer is allocated an office and becomes its holder any period of appointment in an office which counted at the time of the abolition of the old authority for the purposes of a pension or redundancy payment for him shall count for those purposes as a period of appointment in the allocated office and continuity of appointment shall not be broken by the change of office.

(6) Nothing in this article affects any right of a registration officer to give notice that he will cease to hold office if a substantial change is made in his working conditions to his detriment, but no such right shall arise by reason only of the change in the appointing authority effected by this article.

(7) Any provision in this Order for the transfer of a person not engaged whole-time as a registration officer shall apply only to his office as a registration officer.

Allocation of Staff

4.—(1) Each new authority shall not later than 15th February 1996 submit to the Registrar General proposals for allocating to the posts described in the approved registration scheme for the county or county borough the registration officers who may, pursuant to paragraph (2) of article 3 of this Order, be transferred to the new authority on 1st April 1996.

(2) Not later than the day on which proposals under paragraph (1) of this article are submitted to the Registrar General, the new authority shall send a copy of the proposals to every registration officer affected by them and the Registrar General, after considering any representations with respect to the proposals made by any such officer within a period of fourteen days after the submission of the proposals, may approve the proposals with or without modifications.

(3) The new authority shall allocate the officers who are transferred to the new authority pursuant to paragraph (2) of article 3 of this Order to the posts described in the approved registration scheme for the county or county borough in accordance with the proposals approved by the Register General under paragraph (2) of this article.

(4) If any new authority fails to submit proposals in accordance with paragraph (1) of this article, the Registrar General may determine the allocation of officers to the posts described in the approved registration scheme for the county or county borough, and any allocation so determined shall have effect as if it has been proposed by the new authority and approved by the Registrar General.

Registration Officers to be Treated as Employees for Certain Purposes

5.  For the purposes of sections 40 (Staff Commission for Wales), 41 (continuity of employment in certain cases of voluntary transfer) and 43 (compensation for loss of office or diminution of emoluments) of the 1994 Act, any registration officer shall, as respects his office, be treated as employed by the old authority by which he was appointed and, on and after 1st April 1996, as an officer in the employment of the new authority to which he is transferred in accordance with article 3(2) of this Order, and any reference in those sections—

(a)to “employed”, “employment”, “employee” or “employer” shall be construed accordingly; and

(b)to a “contract of employment” or “contract” shall be construed as a reference to the terms and conditions of the registration officer’s appointment and “contractual rights” shall be construed accordingly.

Validity of Certain Matters

6.  Nothing in this Order or in any approved registration scheme shall affect the validity of any certificated issued under section 31 of the 1949 Act; any certificate and licence issued under section 32 or 35 of that Act, or any notice of marriage given under section 27 of that Act before 1st April 1996.

Transitional Provisions as to Notices, etc,. under the 1949 Act

7.—(1) The Registrar General shall designate a superintendent registrar to be the successor to the superintendent registrar for a district which is to be abolished on 1st April 1996.

(2) The superintendent registrar of any district which will be abolished on 1st April 1996 shall for one month before that date display the name and address of the successor superintendent registrar in a conspicuous position in his office, and shall give that information to every person giving notice of marriage.

(3) Where a notice of marriage is given before 1st April 1996 to any superintendent registrar whose district will be altered or abolished on that date and the marriage has not been solemnized before that date, the following provisions shall apply—

(a)where the district is altered, the provisions of the 1949 Act with regard to the issue of a certificate or a certificate and licence shall apply as if the alteration had not taken place;

(b)where the district is abolished, the notice of marriage shall have effect as if it has been given to the successor superintendent registrar, and

(i)the successor superintendent registrar shall cause any notice of marriage or exact copy of particulars entered in the marriage notice book and required to be displayed under subsection (1) of section 31 of the 1949 Act to be affixed in some conspicuous place in his office from 1st April 1996 for any unexpired portion of the period mentioned in that subsection;

(ii)the successor superintendent registrar, and any other superintendent registrar so empowered by the 1949 Act may in accordance with the provisions of that Act issue a certificate or a certificate and licence for the solemnization of the marriage notwithstanding that the building in which the marriage is to be solemnized is not within his district or within the district where one of the persons to be married resides; and

(iii)the successor superintendent registrar may arrange for the solemnization of the marriage in his office where the persons to be married had stated in the notice of marriage that they wished to be married in the office of the superintendent registrar to whom the notice was given.

(4) Where notice of a marriage is given before 1st April 1996 and that marriage is to be solemnized in the office of a superintendent registrar for a district which is to be altered or abolished on that date and the marriage has not been solemnized before that date, the following provisions shall apply—

(a)where the district is altered the notice of marriage shall be treated as though it specified the office of the superintendent registrar for the altered district; and

(b)where the district is abolished the notice of marriage shall be treated as though it specified the office of the successor superintendent registrar.

(5) For the purpose of any notice of marriage to be given on or after 1st April 1996, the alteration or establishment of any registration district by an approved registration scheme shall be deemed to have taken effect 32 days before 1st April 1996.

Registration of Births and Deaths

8.  Where any birth (including a still-birth) or death occurring in any sub-district which is altered or abolished on 1st April 1996 has not been registered before that date, it shall be registered by the registrar on births and deaths for the sub-district in which the place of birth or death, as the case may be, is located on that date.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Health

J. R. Horam
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
Department of Health
30th November 1995

Article 3
SCHEDULE

(1)
(2)
(3)

Name of Officer
Old Authority
New Authority

Mrs Mair E Hughes
Clwyd
Aberconwy and Colwyn

Mrs Wendi Wyn-Roberts
Mrs Karen Williams
Mr Edwin Williams
Mrs Marian Owen
Mrs Carey Williams

Mrs Beryl C Lightfoot
Clwyd
Denbighshire

Mrs Mary E Williams
Mrs Freda Connah
Mrs Gwenan K Williams
Mrs Wendy A Hubbard
Mrs Nan W Evans
Mrs Gwenda Byles
Mrs Jean E Bickley

Mrs Jean Raffles
Clwyd
Flintshire

Mrs Marjorie D West
Mrs Lesley J Lee
Mrs Susan E Turner
Mrs Bessie Hughes
Mrs Mair Bibby
Mrs Katherine A Frost
Mrs Pamela J Edwards
Mrs Evelyn M Barnes

Barry E Evans
Clwyd
Wrexham

Mrs Veronica Jones
Mrs Ruth Cooke
Mrs Collette Garbutt

Mrs Enid D Roderick
Dyfed
Cardiganshire

Mrs Helen Jones
Mrs Elizabeth M Grantham
Mrs Mary Fitter
Mrs Beti W Emanuel
Hughie W Hughes
John M Watts
Miss Elizabeth H Lloyd Parry
Mrs Mair E Bowen
Mrs Shan Elizabeth Williams
Miss Edith L Morris

Colin M Smith
Dyfed
Carmarthenshire

Mrs Myra A Lendon
Mrs Nora E Thomas
Mrs Rachel M Jones
Mrs Marylyn Haines-Evans
Mrs Valmai M Jackson
Mrs Daphne D Evans
Mrs Nanette Rees
Mrs Lynette Brown
Mrs Patricia Ann Bevan
Mrs Gaynor Davies

Mrs Averil L Watson
Dyfed
Pembrokeshire

Mrs Barbara A Eynon
Mrs Diana M Hawgood
Mrs Virginia Gale
Mrs Janice A Coomber
Mrs Glenys P James
Miss Jane Hayward
Mrs Theresa Phillips
Mrs Margaret Rowlands
Mrs Sian Batt
Mrs H E Joy Walker
Mrs Julie M Bird

Miss Gail Brandrick
Gwent
Blaenau
Gwent

Mrs Rosemary J Kemp
Mrs Lorna Palfrey
Dennis Wright
Mrs Beverley A Suter
Mrs Susan K Mitchell
Mrs Margaret M Sillman

Mrs Rosemary Kingsford
Gwent
Monmouthshire

Mrs Jane E Sullivan
Mrs Marjorie R Samuel
Mrs Vivien Minor
Mrs Julie A Hole
Mrs Dawn P Richards
Mrs Jane Morgan
Mrs Pearl Hughes

Alan R Protheroe
Gwent
Newport

Mrs Monica G Scott
Delwyn Tibbott
Mrs Carolyn J Evans
Mrs Shan Jenkins
Mrs Judith MacLachlan
Mrs Dorothy G Biddiscombe
Mrs Eileen J Lovis
Mrs Carol L Hopkins
Mrs Cynthia Green
Mrs Jacqueline I Kibblewhite
Mrs Susan E Goodman

Mrs Janise Hopkins
Gwent
Torfaen

Mrs Margaret A Hearn
Mrs Teresa Lawler
Mrs Edna M Turberville
John E West
Mrs Gillian Jones

Mrs Gwenda W Ells
Gwynedd

Aberconwy and Colwyn

J Arfon Jones
Mrs Olwen Hughes
Tudur Hughes
Mrs Elizabeth W Jones

Mrs Margaret Hughes
Gwynedd
Anglesey

Mrs Helen M Williams
Mrs Annetta Jones
Mrs Janet E Edwards
Mrs Eunice Jones
Mrs Sian Owen

Mrs Olwen Jones
Gwynedd
Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire

Mrs Deilwen M Evans
Mrs Luned M Williams
Mrs Angharad Jones
Miss Gwendoline Thomas
Mrs Nia Jones
Mrs Ann Lloyd Evans Meirion P Huws
Mrs Cynthia A Williams
Mrs Menna Williams
Mrs Margaret O Bardsley
Mrs Shan L Burston
Mrs Eleri Williams
Mrs Sandra Jane Davies
Mrs Amanda L Edwards
Mrs Alwen McCaffrey
Mrs Marian L Jones
Donald R Jones
David E Parry
Mrs Sheila Jones
David G Owen
Cyril Jones-Evans
Mrs Carys Jones-Evans
Miss Bethan Jones-Evans
Iwan Jones-Evans
Mrs Sian W Francis
Mrs Linda Williams
Mrs Margaret W Williams
Mrs Ann Stephens-Jones

Mrs Joyce Dare
Mid Glamorgan
Bridgend

Mrs Christine Jenkins
Mrs Joyce M Jeremy
Mrs Elizabeth M Lewis
Mrs Vivien P James
Mrs Shirley A Medland
Mrs June Ellis
Mrs Mair K Richards
Mrs Mary Thomas
Mrs Marie E Evans

Mrs Nina Gulliver-Jones
Mid Glamorgan
Caerphilly

Mrs Laurena M Williams
Mrs Della L Masters
Mrs Jayne A Lock

Mrs Blodwen Birch
Mid Glamorgan
Merthyr

Mrs Dianne M Green
Mrs Jean Davies
Mrs Patricia A Thomas
Mrs Allison M Jones
Mrs Annette Evans

Mrs Elizabeth M Edwards
Mid Glamorgan
Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

Mrs Edith M Stogden
Mrs Alison T Paxford
Mrs Audrey M M Morgan
Mrs Barbara Morgan
Mrs Christine Evans
Mrs Edith B Richards
Mrs Lynda M Parry
Mrs Julie Jenkins
Richard J Williams
Mrs Janice Collings
Mrs Gillian I Long

Mrs Anne Lees
Powys
Powys

Mrs Sylvia B Hargest
Mrs Rita M Hall
Mrs Margaret S James
Bryn Roberts
Miss Blodwen J Jones
Miss Margaret M Jarman
Mrs Jennifer M Jones
Steven Vipond
Thomas E Turner
Mrs Beryl E Davies
Brian G Maund
Mrs Jacqueline Cole
Mrs Hazel F Bolton
Mrs Jane M Jones
Mrs Jean D M Morgan
Mrs Jane A Nutting
Edmund M Kelcher
Mrs Diana F Waters
Mrs Christine M Morris
Thomas M Humphreys
Mrs Sheila Pickstock
Mrs Patricia M Jones
David G Lloyd
David Evans
Mrs Edith Williams
Mrs Lynne Lee-Williams
Mrs Evelyn Alexander

Alan P Richards
South Glamorgan
Cardiff

Mrs Janet R Ogwen
Mrs Gillian M Cornish
Miss Diane Dearnley
Mrs Lorraine Corsi
Mrs Kathleen Lane
Mrs Juliana Thomas
Mrs Samantha N Edmunds
Miss Jasmin Nasrat

Mrs Doreen J Jarratt
South Glamorgan
The Vale of Glamorgan

Mrs Carol A Frieze
Mrs Beverly L Hicks
Mrs Jane V King
Mrs Gennie A Smith

Ms Dawn H Whitear
West Glamorgan
Neath and Port Talbot

Mrs Ann Tregonning
Miss Patricia A Balderson
Mrs Cynthia R Jenkins
Mrs Elizabeth M Hughes
Terence Veale

Anthony E J Hobbs
West Glamorgan
Swansea

Mrs Lynne Bladen
Alan P Amos
Mrs Sandra Lewis
Gareth Bray
Mrs Sharon McKnight
Mrs Edith E Morgan
Mrs K Joy Jones
Mrs Meriel Board

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order provides for changes to the local registration service in Wales in consequence of the reorganisation of local government from 1st April 1996, under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994.
Article 2 provides for schemes to be made by the councils of the new counties and county boroughs establishing registration districts and sub-districts, determining the location of registration offices and the number of superintendent registrars of birth and deaths and other offices required for the purpose of the Registration Acts. Registration officers holding office immediately before 1st April 1996 will be transferred by the Order on that date to one of the new authorities under Article 3 and Article 4 provides for the allocation of the posts described in the registration scheme to individual officers transferred.
The Order also contains transitional provisions with regard to notices given and certificates issued under the Marriage Act 1949; marriage to be solemnised before registration officers, and the registration of births and deaths.


(1)
1994 c. 19.

(2)
1949 c. 76.

(3)
1953 c. 37.

(4)
Section 14 requires the approval of “the Minister” which, by virtue of section 21(1) of the 1953 Act means the Minister of Health. The functions of the Minister of Health were transferred to the Secretary of State by virtue of the Secretary of State for Social Services Order 1968 (S.I. 1968/1699).

(5)
Section 14 was amended by section 251 of and paragraph 41(2) of Schedule 29 to the Local Government Act 1972 (1972 c. 70). References to a non-metropolitan county in that section include a reference to a county borough by virtue of section 22(2)(b) of the 1953 Act, as amended by section 66(6) of and paragraph 12 of Schedule 16 to the 1994 Act.

(6)
Section 5 was amended by section 251 of and paragraph 41(1) of Schedule 29 to the Local Government Act 1972. References to a non-metropolitan county in that section include a reference to a county borough by virtue of section 22(2)(b) of the 1953 Act, as amended by section 66(6) of and paragraph 12 of Schedule 16 to the 1994 Act.

(7)
1972 c. 70. See section 20, as substituted by section 1(1) of the 1994 Act, section 21, as substituted by section 2 of that Act and section 270(1), as amended by section 1(5) of that Act. By virtue of paragraph 1 of Schedule 17 to the 1994 Act, the provisions of section 20 of the 1972 Act in force immediately before the passing of the 1994 Act continue to have effect in relation to the administration of local government in Wales before 1st April 1996.

(8)
See section 20(7), as substituted by section 1(1) of the 1994 Act.
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