Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1886
24. Duty of Registrars as to sending certified copies of entries in register books to Registrar General
(1) Every Registrar of Births and Deaths in 11[the territories to which this Act extends] shall send to the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the territories within which the local area or class for which he is appointed is situate or resides, at the prescribed intervals, a true copy certified by him, in the prescribed form, of all the entries of births and deaths in the register book kept by him since the last of those intervals:
Provided that in the case of Registrars of Births and Deaths who are clergymen of the Churches or England, Rome and Scotland, the Registrar may, if so directed by his ecclesiastical superior, send the certified copies in the first instance to superior, who shall send them to the proper Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
In this sub-section "Church of England" and "Church of Scotland" mean the Church of England and the Church of Scotland as by law established respectively; and "Church of Rome" means the Church which regards the Pope of Rome as its spiritual head.