Lords examines Registration of Marriage Bill

Signing a marriage register.
18 July 2018

The Registration of Marriage Bill had its report stage as members of the Lords had a further opportunity to examine and make changes on Tuesday 17 July.

This is a private member's bill. A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.

Third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, is scheduled for 24 July.

Committee stage: 29 June 2018

Members discussed changes including time limits for regulations under the draft law and including parents' names on marriage certificates.

Second reading: 26 January 2018

The Registration of Marriage Bill had its second reading, the key debate on the draft law's purpose and principles, on 26 January 2018.

This bill would reform the marriage registration system in England and Wales from a paper-based system to electronic registration.

These reforms would allow change to the register entry in the future, including a line for each spouse’s mother in the marriage entry and create a more secure system for the maintenance of marriage records.

Lords news: Private members' bills January 2018

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