HC Deb 05 March 1860 vol 156 c2221

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether, having regard to the wilful and notorious violation of the Law by Edward James and Jane James at the Shrewsbury Register Office, in December last, and their non-prosecution for the same, he is prepared to recommend any mode for giving greater efficiency to the Law for the prevention of clandestine and fraudulent Marriages in Register Offices.


said, that since he had replied to the hon. Gentleman upon a former occasion he had received a letter from the Clergyman of the parish stating that the attempt at prosecution in the locality had failed, and in consequence of that he (Sir G. Lewis) had taken steps to direct that a prosecution should be instituted against the parties.