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Detail of outcome
Taking the public feedback into account, the FCO has decided to proceed with amending the British Nationality Act by means of a Legislative Reform Order, allowing the FCO to centralise its birth and death registration service.
Detail of feedback received
We received 7 responses to the consultation (including 3 completed questionnaires), all from individual members of the public. Of these, 5 were in favour of centralising the consular birth and death registration service into the UK, and 2 saw little value in centralisation and/or viewed the proposal as simply a cost saving measure. One also raised concerns over the loss of local knowledge and experience.
This consultation sets out proposals to amend part of the British Nationality Act (BNA) 1981 to allow the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to centralise its consular birth and death registration service from April 2014. We intend that the proposed changes to legislation are made by a Legislative Reform Order (LRO) made under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006.
You are invited to comment through a public consultation. The purpose of the consultation is to set out the full proposals and seek your views on amendments to the BNA. The outcome of the consultation will assist the FCO in formulating the final proposal that will be put before Parliament.