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(1)Where a marriage is intended to be solemnized on the authority of [F1certificates] of a superintendent registrar F2. . ., the superintendent registrar to whom notice of marriage has been given shall suspend or affix in some conspicuous place in his office, for [F315] successive days next after the day on which the notice was entered in the marriage book, the notice of marriage, or an exact copy signed by him of the particulars thereof as entered in the marriage notice book.
(2)At the expiration of the said period of [F415] days the superintendent registrar, on the request of the person by whom the notice of marriage was given, shall issue a certificate in the prescribed form unless—
[F5(a)the superintendent registrar is not satisfied that there is no lawful impediment to the issue of the certificate; or]
(b)the issue of the certificate has been forbidden under the last foregoing section by any person authorised in that behalf.
(3)Every such certificate shall set out the particulars contained in the notice of marriage and the day on which the notice was entered in the marriage notice book and shall contain a statement that the issue of the certificate has not been forbidden as aforesaid.
(4)No marriage shall be solemnized on the production of [F1certificates] of a superintendent registrar F6. . . until after the expiration of the [F7waiting period in relation to each notice of marriage].
[F8(4A) “The waiting period”, in relation to a notice of marriage, means—
(a)the period of 15 days, or
(b)such shorter period as may be determined by the Registrar General under subsection (5A) or by a superintendent registrar under any provision of regulations made under subsection (5D),
after the day on which the notice of marriage was entered in the marriage notice book.]
(5)Where a marriage is to be solemnized in a registered building for which an authorised person has been appointed and no notice requiring a registrar to be present at the marriage has been given to the superintendent registrar under subsection (5) of section twenty-seven of this Act, the superintendent registrar shall, when issuing a certificate under this section, give to [F9the person by whom notice of marriage was given] printed instructions in the prescribed form for the due solemnization of the marriage.
[F10(5A)If, on an application made to the Registrar General, he is satisfied that there are compelling reasons for reducing the 15 day period because of the exceptional circumstances of the case, he may reduce that period to such shorter period as he considers appropriate.
(5B) “The 15 day period” means the period of 15 days mentioned in subsections (1) and (2).
(5C)If the Registrar General reduces the 15 day period in a particular case, the reference to 15 days in section 75(3)(a) is to be treated, in relation to that case, as a reference to the reduced period.
(5D)The Registrar General may by regulations make provision with respect to the making, and granting, of applications under subsection (5A).
(a)may provide for the power conferred by subsection (5A) to be exercised by a superintendent registrar on behalf of the Registrar General in cases falling within a category prescribed in the regulations;
(b)may provide for the making of an appeal to the Registrar General against a decision taken by a superintendent registrar in accordance with regulations made by virtue of paragraph (a);
(c)may make different provision in relation to different cases;
(d)require the approval of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
(5F)The Chancellor of the Exchequer may by order provide for a fee, of such an amount as may be specified in the order, to be payable on an application under subsection (5A).
(5G)The order may make different provision in relation to different cases.
(5H)The power to make regulations under subsection (5D) or an order under subsection (5F) is exercisable by statutory instrument.
(5I)Any statutory instrument made under subsection (5F) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.]
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