§ Mr. Wheeler
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, for each of the past five years, on how many occasions a registrar of marriages has declined to approve a marriage because it was believed that one of the persons concerned had not freely consented to marriage.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
Statistics of this nature are not collected, but the Registrar General cannot recall any occasion in the past five years where a registration officer has stopped a marriage taking place for the reason stated. If my hon. Friend has any particular case in mind I should be pleased to learn the details.