Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill

Explanatory Notes

Territorial extent and application

21 Legislative competence for marriage (and civil registration) has been devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland and separate legislation exists to govern marriages solemnized in those jurisdictions. Legislative competence in these areas has not been devolved to the National Assembly for Wales.

22 The Civil Partnership Act 2004 extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Civil partnership and marriage are devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

23 See the table in Annex A for a summary of the position regarding territorial extent and application in the United Kingdom. The table also summarises the position regarding legislative consent motions.


Prepared 1st February 2018