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Marriage Ceremonies (Registrars)

Volume 529: debated on Thursday 8 July 1954

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43.

asked the Minister of Health if he will introduce legislation to allow all ministers of religion to celebrate marriages without the presence of a registrar.

No. Section 43 of the Marriage Act, 1949, which takes the place of earlier legislation to the same effect, provides machinery for enabling any non-conformist Minister, including a Roman Catholic priest, to be authorised, in respect of a specific registered building, to perform the full duties of a registrar of marriages in respect of marriages solemnised in that building by him.