HC Deb 03 December 1906 vol 166 cc590-1

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the suffering of our countrywomen who may be led into marriage with foreigners and may discover that such marriage is farcical, he will consider the necessity of compelling all ministers of religion, or at any rate all registrars, to have some knowledge of the marriage laws of foreign countries, and to inform our countrywomen of the danger they may ineur.


This matter has engaged attention fur some time past, and has, I am glad to say, been dealt with this session by the passing of the Marriage with Foreigners Act, which received the Royal Assent on the 29th November. The provisions of Section 2 of that Act will soon, I hope, apply to marriages contracted by British subjects with subjects of several of the principal European countries. Moreover, instructions have already been given by the Registrar-General that in every case where a British subject proposes to contract a civil marriage with a foreigner a warning of the possible dangers of such a marriage must be given.