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Polygamy

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with colleagues in other Departments on the recognition of polygamous marriages; and if she will make a statement. (190487)

I have not had recent discussions with colleagues in other Departments on the recognition of polygamous marriages.

The Immigration Directorate Instructions at:

www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyand law/IDIs/idischapter8annexes/

explain that it is Government policy to prevent the formation of polygamous households in this country. Polygamous marriages contracted overseas can be valid in this country only if:

1. Neither party was domiciled at the time of marriage in any part of the UK, and

2. Both parties had the personal capacity to enter into the marriage, and

3. The marriage is valid under the laws of the country in which it was celebrated.

A copy of the Immigration Directorate Instructions on polygamous and potential polygamous marriages will be placed in the House Library.