asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the protest from the Spilsby Rural District Council, the Wainfleet Parish Councils, and any other neighbouring parish councils against the new registration scheme put forward by the Lindsey County Council under the Local Government Act, 1929; whether he is aware that there is a strong feeling in the parishes of Wainfleet All Saints, Wain-fleet St. Mary, Friskney, Thorpe St. Peter, and Croft against the proposed abolition of the present sub-station for the registration of births and deaths at Wainfleet, which will entail considerable inconvenience and hardship, particularly in the case of the outlying districts in the parishes above mentioned; and whether he will consider these representations before he gives his approval to the scheme?
The registration scheme referred to has not as yet been submitted for approval; but I am informed that representations from the councils mentioned in the question have been made to and considered by the county council. Upon the submission of the scheme any outstanding local representations will certainly be considered before approval is given.
While thanking my right hon. Friend for his answer, may I ask whether he is aware that the present substation at Wainfleet is maintained at only a trifling cost, that it is run by an ex-service man, and that as it is open after working hours it is of very great convenience to a large and scattered working-class population.