FindMyPast and The National Archives in Kew announced a joint project this morning that will see the 1939 National Register digitised and made available online within a two-year period.
It's always great to hear of another major collection coming online, even if, as in this case, it covers only the England & Wales Register. If you have ancestors who crossed the Irish Sea to England & Wales, however, this may be a very useful new online resource. In the meantime, if you wanted to search this collection, it'd cost you £42 a shot under the current access arrangements, so you'll see these plans are likely to be splendid news for the wallet.
Those with connections to Scotland can continue to apply under Scottish arrangements to the GRO at £15 a pop. No sign of any digitisation plans, there.
Nor is there any change for those with Northern Irish family, even though it's worth mentioning that information supplied under Freedome of Information legislation via PRONI comes free of charge.
See my website, Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com for more about the UK's 1939 national register.