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Written Question
Marriage: Ceremonies
28 Sep 2020

Questioner: Baroness Blackstone (Labour Independent - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many religious denominations which had no registered places of worship for the purpose of solemnising opposite-sex marriages prior to 2013 have registered such places of worship since 2013; and to list those denominations and places by the date of their first registration.

Answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford

Five denominations, which had no places of worship registered for the purpose of solemnizing marriages prior to 2013, have since registered. They are:

Denomination

Place

Date of Registration

Hillsong Church

Newcastle Upon Tyne

30/09/2013

Scientologist

London

18/12/2013

Universal Truth

Surrey

01/06/2014

Glorious Church

Milton Keynes

25/06/2014

Indian Orthodox

Bristol

31/05/2016


Written Question
Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships
3 Aug 2020

Questioner: Baroness Blackstone (Labour Independent - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on plans to (1) move to an electronic system of marriage registration, (2) add mothers' names to marriage certificates, (3) allow conversions between opposite-sex marriages and civil partnerships, and (4) bring into force reforms to divorce, dissolution, and separation.

Answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford

The Home Office is currently working on implementation plans to introduce the provisions in the Civil Partnership, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Act 2019. This will facilitate the move to an electronic system of marriage registration and the update of the marriage entry to include the names of both sets of parents of a couple.

The Government Equalities Office ran a six-week consultation on the future of conversion rights in summer 2019. We are analysing the responses and will publish the government response and bring forward any necessary legislation in 2020.

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act received Royal Assent in June. The Government has been clear implementing its reforms will be a significant and complex task. Given the scale of the work needed, we are working to an indicative timetable of Autumn 2021.