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26 Interpretation.S

(1)Except where the context otherwise requires and subject to [F1 subsections (2) and (2A) ] below, expressions used in this Act and in the M1Registration of Births, Deaths, and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965 have the same meanings in this Act as in that Act.

(2)In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires—

  • [F2“2014 Act” means the Immigration Act 2014;]

  • [F3annulment”includes any decree or declarator of nullity of marriage, however expressed.]

  • approved celebrant” has the meaning assigned to it by section 8(2)(a) of this Act;

  • authorised registrar” has the meaning assigned to it by section 8(2)(b) of this Act;

  • [F4marriage” means marriage between persons of different sexes and marriage between persons of the same sex;]

  • F5...

  • name” includes surname;

  • prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Registrar General;

  • [F6religious or belief body” means an organised group of people—

    (a)

    which meets regularly for religious worship; or

    (b)

    the principal object (or one of the principal objects) of which is to uphold or promote philosophical beliefs and which meets regularly for that purpose;]

  • [F7religious or belief marriage” has the meaning given by section 8(2)(a);]

  • [F8“relevant national” means—

    (a)

    a British citizen,

    (b)

    a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or

    (c)

    a national of Switzerland;]

  • [F9Scottish waters” means the area comprising such of the internal waters and territorial sea of the United Kingdom as are within Scotland (“Scotland” having the meaning given by section 126(1) and (2) of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46)), other than any area which is part of a registration district;

  • vessel” includes any—

    (a)

    vehicle; or

    (b)

    other structure.]

[F10(2A)For the purposes of this Act—

(a)the seaward boundary of a registration district which extends into the sea shall, subject to paragraph (b) below, be the low water mark of the ordinary spring tide;

(b)a vessel which is below the low water mark of the ordinary spring tide is to be regarded as [F11a place within a registration district if the vessel] is—

(i)positioned adjacent to land which is within the district;

(ii)affixed to the land for the purpose of maintaining its position; and

(iii)so positioned for the purpose of enabling access to and from the land;

(c)a jetty or similar structure which is partly above the low water mark of the ordinary spring tide and partly below that mark is to be regarded as being wholly above that mark.]

(3)Except where the context otherwise requires, any reference in this Act to any other enactment shall be construed as a reference to that enactment as amended by or under any other enactment, including this Act.

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P1S. 26: s. 25 (with ss. 3(1), 19(2) and 26) power exercised (12.12.1991) by S.I.1991/2816.

P2S. 26: for previous exercises of this power see Index to Government Orders.

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F11Words in s. 26(2A)(b) substituted (1.9.2014) by Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 (asp 5), ss. 21(5), 36; S.S.I. 2014/212, art. 2, sch. (as amended (1.9.2014) by S.S.I. 2014/218, art. 2(3), sch.)

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