§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
THE EARL OF FEVERSHAM
My Lords, the object of this Bill is to confirm three Provisional Orders made by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Home Affairs under the Marriages Validity (Provisional Orders) Acts of 1905 and 1924. In the first case contained in the Bill the doubt as to the validity of the marriages arises from the fact that they were solemnised by a minister who was not an authorised person. In the other two cases the 140 doubt arises from the status of the building in which they were solemnised. Therefore the Orders to be confirmed by the Bill are of the normal type of Marriages Provisional Orders. Your Lordships will no doubt be aware that such Orders have no effect until confirmed by Parliament. The facts relating to each of the places of worship affected by the Orders were sent to the Home Secretary by the Registrar-General, and my right honourable friend the Secretary of State, before making the Orders, had the usual inquiries made. In the three cases contained in the Bill the matter has been duly advertised in accordance with the provisions of the Marriages Validity (Provisional Orders) Acts, and in no case has there been any objection registered. I therefore beg to move.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(The Earl of Feversham.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2a, and committed.