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Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the permissibility of taking photographs in registry offices; and if she will make a statement. (209798)

[holding answer 9 June 2008]: There is nothing in marriage legislation that refers specifically to the subject of photography at the wedding and arrangements are at the discretion of the local superintendent registrar.

Guidance for registration officers is a matter for the Registrar General. He has advised them that there have been no Government guidelines. They should continue with their usual practices where these allow full opportunity for photographs without undermining the solemnity and dignity of the occasion. He accepts the need for common-sense precautions to avoid any damage to the register and to conceal the identifying information that it contains.