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Marriage Ceremonies

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of marriage ceremonies is for each of the registration districts in England and Wales, for (a) weekday and (b) weekend ceremonies. [109996]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Registrar General. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Dr. Brian Iddon, dated 28 April 2003:

As National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning the cost of marriage ceremonies for each registration district. (109996)
The cost of a civil marriage ceremony at a register office in England and Wales is £34.00 for any day of the week. The fee for civil marriages in approved premises, which are buildings approved by local authorities for the solemnisation of civil marriages, are set by local authorities on a cost recovery basis. Marriage fees for the Church of England. Church in Wales and other religious denominations are determined by the religious body concerned. Information on the cost of marriage ceremonies outside register offices is not held centrally.