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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 18 July 2018

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths


 

(Registration Etc.) Bill


 

Glossary

 

This document shows the fate of each clause, schedule, amendment and new clause.

 

The following terms are used:

 

Agreed to: agreed without a vote.

 

Agreed to on division: agreed following a vote.

 

Negatived: rejected without a vote.

 

Negatived on division: rejected following a vote.

 

Not called: debated in a group of amendments, but not put to a decision.

 

Not moved: not debated or put to a decision.

 

Question proposed: debate underway but not concluded.

 

Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.

 

Not selected: not chosen for debate by the Chair.

 

 

Tim Loughton

 

To move, That the Bill be considered in the following order, namely, new Clause 2,

 

Clause 1, new Clause 1, Clauses 2 to 5, remaining new Clauses, remaining proceedings

 

on the Bill.

 

Agreed to

 


 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  NC2

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Marriage registration

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may, by regulations, amend the Marriage Act 1949 (“the

 

1949 Act”) to provide for a system whereby details relating to marriages in


 
 

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England and Wales are recorded in documents used as part of the procedure for

 

marriage, and entered into and held in a central register which is accessible in

 

electronic form.

 

(2)    

The regulations may, in particular—

 

(a)    

provide that a Part 3 marriage may be solemnized on the authority of a

 

single document (a “marriage schedule”) issued by the superintendent

 

registrar for the district in which the marriage is to be solemnized (instead

 

of on the authority of two certificates of a superintendent registrar);

 

(b)    

provide that a member of the clergy who is to solemnize a marriage

 

authorised by ecclesiastical preliminaries must, before doing so, issue a

 

document to enable the marriage to be registered (a “marriage

 

document”) or ensure that a marriage document is issued;

 

(c)    

make provision in relation to the signing of a marriage schedule or

 

marriage document following the solemnization of the marriage;

 

(d)    

make provision in relation to the delivery of a signed marriage schedule

 

or signed marriage document to a registrar;

 

(e)    

require the Registrar General to maintain a register of marriages in

 

England and Wales, which is accessible in electronic form (“the marriage

 

register”);

 

(f)    

make provision in relation to the entering in the marriage register of the

 

particulars set out in a signed marriage schedule or signed marriage

 

document;

 

(g)    

remove existing provision in relation to the registration of marriages

 

which is not to form part of the system provided for under this section.

 

(3)    

Where provision made by virtue of subsection (2)(d) gives power to a registrar to

 

require a person to attend personally at the office of a superintendent registrar for

 

the purpose of delivering a signed marriage schedule or signed marriage

 

document, the regulations may provide that a person who fails to comply with

 

such a requirement—

 

(a)    

commits an offence, and

 

(b)    

is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the

 

standard scale.

 

(4)    

The regulations may give the Registrar General power to make regulations under

 

section 74(1) of the 1949 Act—

 

(a)    

prescribing the form or content of a marriage schedule, marriage

 

document or any other document specified in the regulations;

 

(b)    

making provision in relation to corrections to or the re-issue of a marriage

 

schedule or marriage document before the marriage is solemnized;

 

(c)    

making provision in relation to the keeping of a signed marriage schedule

 

or signed marriage document after the particulars set out in it have been

 

entered in the marriage register;

 

(d)    

making provision in relation to corrections to entries in the marriage

 

register or a pre-commencement marriage register book;

 

(e)    

making provision in relation to the keeping of pre-commencement

 

marriage register books;

 

(f)    

making provision in relation to the keeping in a church or chapel of

 

records of marriages solemnized according to the rites of the Church of

 

England or the Church in Wales in the church or chapel.

 

(5)    

For the purposes of subsection (4), provision in relation to the keeping of a book,

 

document or other record includes, in particular, provision about—

 

(a)    

who is to be responsible for keeping the book, document or other record

 

and how it is to be stored;


 
 

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(b)    

the circumstances in which the book, document or other record must or

 

may be annotated;

 

(c)    

the circumstances in which the book, document or other record must or

 

may be sent to the Registrar General or a superintendent registrar.

 

(6)    

No regulations may be made by the Secretary of State under this section after a

 

period of three years beginning with the day on which regulations are first so

 

made.

 

(7)    

In this section—

 

“ecclesiastical preliminaries” means the methods of authorisation described

 

in section 5(1)(a), (b) or (c) of the 1949 Act;

 

“marriage document”, “marriage register” and “marriage schedule” have

 

the meanings given by subsection (2)(b), (e) and (a) respectively;

 

“member of the clergy” means a clerk in Holy Orders of the Church of

 

England or a clerk in Holy Orders of the Church in Wales;

 

“Part 3 marriage” means a marriage falling within section 26(1), 26A(1) or

 

26B(2), (4) or (6) of the 1949 Act;

 

“pre-commencement marriage register book” means any marriage register

 

book in which the particulars of a marriage have been entered under that

 

Act;

 

“registrar” means a registrar of marriages;

 

“Registrar General” means the Registrar General for England and Wales;

 

“superintendent registrar” means a superintendent registrar of births, deaths

 

and marriages.”

 

 


 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Not selected  2

 

Page  1,  line  1,  leave out Clause 1

 

Clause Negatived.

 


 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  NC1

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Report on civil partnership

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State must make arrangements for a report to be prepared—

 

(a)    

assessing how the law ought to be changed to bring about equality

 

between same-sex couples and other couples in terms of their future

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ability or otherwise to form civil partnerships, and

 

(b)    

setting out the Government’s plans for achieving that aim.

 

(2)    

The arrangements must provide for public consultation.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must lay the report before Parliament.”


 
 

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As Amendments to Tim Loughton’s proposed New Clause (Report on civil

 

partnership) (NC1):—

 

Conor McGinn

 

Gareth Thomas

 

Not called  (a)

 

Line  5,  after “partnerships” insert—

 

“(aa)    

how the law could be changed in Scotland to achieve that aim,

 

(ab)    

how the law could be changed in Northern Ireland to achieve that aim,”

 

Conor McGinn

 

Gareth Thomas

 

Not called  (b)

 

Line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

In considering the matter specified in paragraph (1)(ab), the Secretary of State

 

shall also consider the implications for equality in civil partnerships of the

 

difference in legislation on marriage in Northern Ireland compared with the rest

 

of the United Kingdom.”

 

Conor McGinn

 

Gareth Thomas

 

Not called  (c)

 

Line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

The Secretary of State must also consult—

 

(a)    

Scottish Ministers,

 

(b)    

Northern Ireland Ministers.”

 

 


 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Clause not proposed and omitted from the Bill acccordingly  1

 

Page  1,  line  7,  leave out Clause 2.

 


 

Clause 3 Agreed to.

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Withdrawn after debate  17

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  18,  leave out “whether, and if so how,” and insert “how”

 

Lilian Greenwood

 

Not called  18

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  22,  after “must” insert “, within six months of the passing of

 

this Act,”


 
 

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Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  3

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  23,  leave out subsection (4)

 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  4

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  26,  leave out “Investigation regulations may” and insert

 

“After the report has been published, the Lord Chancellor may by regulations”

 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  5

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  36,  leave out subsection (6)

 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  6

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  43,  leave out “Investigation” and insert “The”

 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  7

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  6,  leave out subsections (8) and (9)

 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  8

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  10,  leave out “investigation regulations may be made” and

 

insert “regulations may be made under this section”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Conor McGinn

 

Gareth Thomas

 

Not called  16

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  13,  leave out subsection (1) and insert—

 

“(1)    

Sections 1, 3 and 4 extend to England and Wales,

 

(2)    

Section (Report on civil partnership) extends to England and Wales, Scotland and

 

Northern Ireland.”

 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  9

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  13,  at end insert “only, subject to subsection (1A).

 

(1A)    

Section (Supplementary provision about regulations) and this section extend to

 

England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”


 
 

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Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  10

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  14,  leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert—

 

“( )    

This Act comes into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with

 

the day on which it is passed.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  NC3

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Supplementary provision about regulations

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations—

 

(a)    

amend the Marriage of British Subjects (Facilities) Acts 1915 and 1916

 

so that they no longer apply in England and Wales;

 

(b)    

make other provision in consequence of regulations under section

 

(Marriage registration).

 

(2)    

The Lord Chancellor may by regulations make provision in consequence of

 

regulations under section 4.

 

(3)    

Regulations under subsection (1) or (2) may include provision amending,

 

repealing or revoking provision made by or under primary legislation (whenever

 

passed or made).

 

(4)    

Regulations under this Act may make—

 

(a)    

different provision for different purposes;

 

(b)    

provision generally or for specific cases;

 

(c)    

provision subject to exceptions;

 

(d)    

incidental, supplementary, transitional, transitory or saving provision.

 

(5)    

Regulations under this Act are to be made by statutory instrument.

 

(6)    

A statutory instrument that contains (with or without other provision) regulations

 

under this Act that amend, repeal or revoke any provision of primary legislation

 

may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and

 

approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

 

(7)    

Any other statutory instrument containing regulations under this Act is subject to

 

annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

 

(8)    

In this section—

 

“primary legislation” means—

 

(a)    

an Act of Parliament;

 

(b)    

an Act of the Scottish Parliament;

 

(c)    

an Act or Measure of the National Assembly for Wales;

 

(d)    

Northern Ireland legislation;

 

(e)    

a Measure of the Church Assembly or of the General Synod of

 

the Church of England;

 

“Registrar General” has the meaning given by section (Marriage

 

registration)(7).”


 
 

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Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  11

 

Title,  line  1,  leave out from beginning to “make”

 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  12

 

Title,  line  2,  leave out from first “of” to “to” in line 3 and insert “marriage;”

 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  13

 

Title,  line  3,  after “partnership;” insert “to make provision for a report on civil

 

partnerships;”

 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  14

 

Title,  line  3,  leave out “about the registration of stillborn deaths” and insert “for a report

 

on the registration of pregnancy loss”

 

Tim Loughton

 

Victoria Atkins

 

Agreed to  15

 

Title,  line  4,  leave out “give coroners the power to investigate stillborn deaths” and insert

 

“make provision about the investigation of still-births”

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

 


 

 

Revised 19 July 2018