A GOVERNMENT inspection has praised North Yorkshire's registration of births, marriages and deaths service.

The official review, which takes place every four to five years, looked at all aspects of the service and particularly praised the standard of accommodation at the new Scarborough Register Office.

However, the report included a number of recommendations for improvements, which county council bosses said they were now looking into.

Councillor John Dennis, executive member for business and community services, said: "The inspector's report shows how hard the officers in the registration service have worked to improve standards in this very important area - we are now one of the highest performers in the country."