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Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Schedule 14: Consequential amendments

432.Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 14 amend the Marriages (Ireland) Act 1844 and the Marriage Law (Ireland) Amendment Act 1863 to provide for the nationality of each party to be provided. Paragraphs 3 to 32 amend the Marriage Act 1949 in England and Wales to remove reference to marriage by “licence”, where appropriate replace references to “a certificate” with “certificates”, and replace references to “either party” to “each party” to reflect the fact that there is to be a standardised system for giving notice of marriage with both parties being required to give notice and a registrar solemnising marriage needing to see two certificates.

433.Paragraph 15 substitutes the existing section 33 of the Marriage Act 1949 and sets out provisions dealing with the validity of certificates and notices. It allows for the fact that the parties may not give notice of marriage on the same day and provides that, when calculating whether a certificate is valid, the period of validity is to run from the date on which the first notice is given.

434.Paragraph 30 amends section 75 of the Marriage Act 1949 so as to remove reference to the licence procedure and brings the offence committed by the superintendent registrar in line with the new 15 day waiting period.

435.Paragraphs 37 to 42 make consequential amendments to the Marriage (Registrar General’s Licence) Act 1970 and the Family Law Reform Act 1969; paragraph 77 makes a consequential amendment to the Marriage Act 1983.

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