HC Deb 01 February 1983 vol 36 c79W
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.