Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Stillbirths Registration.

Thursday, 30 June 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 444 No. 7

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  7.  Proinsias De Rossa  Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa   asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform  Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor   the progress, if any, made to date in implementing the terms of the Stillbirths Registration Bill, 1994; when the register will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  I have made an order bringing the provisions of the Stillbirths Registration Act, 1994 into effect from 1 January 1995. All stillbirths which occur on or after that date must be registered and stillbirths which occurred before that date may be registered, if either parent requests this.

The General Register Office will have responsibility for the administration of the stillbirths registration system, as provided for in the Act.

Proinsias De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  Will the Minister indicate the reason for the delay in implementing this legislation, which was welcomed by all parties as an important step forward for the many thousands of parents who felt they were entitled to and needed such a register? Have all the administrative requirements been put in place to ensure that this legislation operates smoothly? Have all registrars agreed to implement the provisions of the Act?

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  The date of 1 January 1995 was agreed following discussions with the General Register Office. It indicated that it would require until 1 January to make the necessary preparatory arrangements for the registration of stillbirths. The General Register Office indicated that it could not complete those arrangements in any shorter time scale. The steps that need to be taken include the training of registrars, the design and printing of new forms, the preparation of regulations and instructions and the dissemination of information to hospitals and the general public. I am not aware that any of the registrars have caused any difficulty in that connection.


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