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Immigration: Marriage

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many individuals subject to immigration controls have in each of the past six years (a) applied to receive written permission from the Secretary of State for the Home Department to marry in the United Kingdom, and (b) been refused permission following an application for marriage by the Secretary of State for the Home Department under Section 19 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004. [HL4329]

The “certificate of approval” scheme for deciding whether individuals subject to immigration controls are able to marry in the UK has been in operation since February 2005. Since that time, the following numbers have (a) applied for and (b) been refused permission by the Secretary of State for the Home Department under Section 19 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004.

Year

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

No. of cases

13,877

17,962

17,320

18,717

11,461

Year

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

No. of cases

1,374

692

571

752

312

Please note: The above data is not provided under National Statistics protocols. It has been derived from local management information and is therefore provisional and subject to change.