§ MR. PIRIE (Aberdeen, N.)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the solemnisation of matrimony cannot be performed in unconsecrated military chapels without a special licence; whether there are instances in which licences to marry have been granted to unconsecrated civil chapels; and, if so, whether there is any ecclesiastical, legal, or military obstacle to granting licences to marry to all military chapels in India which are unconsecrated; and, if so, what are these obstacles.
§ MR. BUCHANAN
The Secretary of State is advised that by the law in India an Anglican clergyman may solemnise a marriage in an unconsecrated building, provided it is a place where 602 worship is generally held according to the forms of the Church of England. There appears, therefore, to be no necessity for a special licence in such cases.