Financial implications of the Bill
33 The review of marriage/civil partnership registration details would be done in house and not incur any additional costs. Some work has already been completed in this respect as there are currently two Private Members’ Bills in Parliament which seek to amend how marriages are registered.
34 If civil partnerships were extended to opposite-sex couples as a result of these proposals, amending the eligibility criteria for entering a civil partnership would cost at least £3.3 million to £4.4 million to update administrative processes relating to registration. There would be additional potential costs relating to taxation and pension rights that may be accrued by opposite-sex couples who form a civil partnership, and who would not have otherwise formed a religious or civil marriage. These costs cannot be quantified at this time.
35 The report on registration of pregnancy loss would be done in house and not incur any additional costs.
36 The preparation of a report as to whether stillbirths should be referred to the coroner would be done in house and not incur any additional costs.