GRO names new Reg­is­trar Gen­eral

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The Gen­eral Reg­is­ter Of­fice for Eng­land and Wales (GRO) has for­mally ap­pointed a new Reg­is­trar Gen­eral.

Mark Thom­son, who also serves as Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Her Majesty’s Pass­port Of­fice, will be re­spon­si­ble for draw­ing up the reg­u­la­tions that gov­ern the ef­fi­cient reg­is­tra­tion of all births, mar­riages, deaths, civil part­ner­ships, still­births and adop­tions.

He is also re­quired by law to en­sure that the pub­lic have ac­cess to free search in­dexes and are able to or­der cer­tifi­cates.

In suc­ceed­ing pre­vi­ous Reg­is­trar Gen­eral Paul Pugh, Mark Thom­son be­comes the 21st per­son to serve in the role since 1837, when the civil reg­is­tra­tion of all births, mar­riages and deaths first be­gan in Eng­land and Wales.

“The GRO is a very im­por­tant part of the ser­vices pro­vided by Her Majesty’s Pass­port Of­fice and I am hon­oured to be ap­pointed Reg­is­trar Gen­eral,” said Mr Thom­son in a state­ment.

“I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing my work with col­leagues in the GRO on mod­ernising the reg­is­tra­tion sys­tems and to en­sure our cus­tomers re­ceive the most ef­fi­cient ser­vice pos­si­ble.”

Mr Thom­son is the 21st Reg­is­trar Gen­eral

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