§ MR. WOODALL (Hanley)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what regulations have been made, or instructions given, for the carrying out of "The Marriage Act, 1890," by Her Majesty's Ambassadors and Consular or other officers; and what arrangements have been made for the registration, in pursuance of the Act of marriages of British subjects, whether solemnised under its provisions or in accordance with the local law of a Foreign country?
§ *SIR J. FERGUSSON
A copy of the "Marriage Act, 1890," was sent to Her Majesty's Diplomatic and Consular officers on the 1st December last, and their attention was called to certain modifications which had been made thereby of the provisions of the "Consular Marriage Act, 1849." "The Marriage Act, 1890," authorised the issue by Her Majesty of an Order in Council to determine the conditions under which and the mode in which marriages solemnised in accordance with the local law of a Foreign country might be registered by a Consul abroad, but doubts have been raised as to how far Her Majesty would be justified in issuing an Order in Council with regard to marriage fees and other matters connected with lex loci marriages, and the point is still under consideration.
§ MR. WOODALL
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty what regulations, if any, have been made for the solemnisation of marriages on board Her Majesty's vessels under the provisions of "The Marriage Act, 1890?"
§ *LORD G. HAMILTON
No marriage has taken place on board Her Majesty's vessels since the Act was passed, and under the restrictions imposed by the Act it is doubtful if the solemnisation of marriages will hereafter occur on board ship. We have, therefore, issued no regulations on the subject.
§ MR. WOODALL
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, what regulations have been made for the solemnisation of marriages between persons "of whom one at least is a British subject" before the Governor of Malta, and by Governors, High Commissioners, residents, and other officers, in other places within Her Majesty's dominions, under the powers conferred by "The Marriage Act, 1890?"
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Baron H. de WORMS,) Liverpool, East Toxteth
No regulations have been made, as it has not yet been found necessary to take that step.