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(1)In January in every year every marriage officer shall make and send to a Secretary of State, to be transmitted by him to the [F1Registrar General for England and Wales], a copy, certified by him to be a true copy, of all the entries of marriages during the preceding year in the register book kept by him, and if there has been no such entry, a certificate of that fact; and every such copy shall be certified, and certificate given, under his hand and official seal.
(2)The marriage officer shall keep the duplicate marriage register books safely until they are filled, and then send one of them to a Secretary of State, to be transmitted by him to the [F1Registrar General for England and Wales].
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