On 17th December 2015 the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, introduced the Marriage Registration Bill (a Private Member’s Bill) into the House of Commons. The Bill was co-sponsored by Caroline Lucas (Green), Victoria Prentis (Con), Julian Knight (Con), Frank Field (Lab), Christina Rees (Lab) and Huw Irranca Davies (Lab).
The Bill would reform the way all marriages are registered in the UK, bringing the process into the digital age and updating those who can be registered on a marriage certificate, allowing mothers’ names to appear. The bill can be read here
The presentation of the Bill follows a parliamentary debate on the subject led recently by Caroline Spelman.
Marriage Registration Bill
Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)
Mrs Caroline Spelman, supported Caroline Lucas, Victoria Prentis, Julian Knight, Frank Field and Christina Rees, Huw Irranca Davies presented a Bill to make provision about the registration of marriages.
Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 22 January, and to be printed (Bill 113).