26 OCT 2015

EDM 446 Mothers Names on Marriage Certificates

As a member of the Government, I am not able to sign any Early Day Motions, and am therefore unable to sign EDM 446.

I agree that mothers should be able to add their names to marriage certificates. There is support across the Government for changing this outdated system.

The Prime Minister asked the Home Office to review the system last August. The change will be a complex task, due to the large number of registers in use and the associated costs of replacing them. There will need to be changes to the administrative processes, IT systems and legislation. Options on how best to do this are currently being investigated. When the assessment of all the options has been completed, the Government will bring forward proposals to introduce the necessary changes.

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