1837: 7 William 4 c.1: An Act to suspend for a limited Time the Operation of Two Acts passed in the last Session of Parliament, for registering Births, Deaths, and Marriages in England, and for Marriages in England.
[24th February 1837.]
WHEREAS Two Acts were passed in the last Session of Parliament,
[6 & 7 W. 4. C. 86. 6 & 7 W. 4. C. 85.]
intituled An Act for registering Births, Deaths, and Marriages in England, and An Act for Marriages in England; and by reason of the Provisions therein contained the said Acts would come into force on the First Day of March now next ensuing; but it is expedient that the full Operation of the same should be further delayed: Be it therefore enacted by the King’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same,
[How recited Acts shall be construed as to certain Dates.]
That, subject to the Proviso herein-after contained, the said Two Acts respectively shall be construed as if the Words “last Day of June” had been inserted in the said Acts instead of the Words “First Day of March”, in every Place where the last-mentioned Words are found in the said Acts respectively:
Provided always, that the Registrar of every Diocese shall, within Fifteen Days after the First Day of March now next ensuing, make out and send, through the Post Office, directed to the Registrar General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages at his Office, a List of all Chapels belonging to the Church of England within that Diocese wherein Marriages may be solemnized according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England, as if this Act had not been passed.
[First Quarterly Deliveries of Copies of Registers, &c. to be in October.]
II. And be it enacted, That notwithstanding any thing in the said Acts contained, or either of them, the first certified Copies of all the Entries of Births and Deaths, or first Certificate that there has been no Birth or Death registered in the Register Book to be kept by any Registrar of Births and Deaths, and the first certified Copy of all the Entries of Marriages, or first Certificate that there has been no Marriage entered in the Register Book kept by any Rector, Vicar, Curate, Registrar of Marriages, Registering Officer of the Society of Friends, or Secretary of a Synagogue, shall be made and given to the Superintendent Registrar in the Month of October now next ensuing, and shall contain and certify all the Entries made up to the Time at which the same shall be so certified to be a true Copy, or that there have been no Entries up to that Time, as the Case may be.
[Act may be amended or repealed this Session.]
III. And be it enacted, That this Act may be altered, amended, or repealed by any Act passed in this Session of Parliament.
Source: Collection of Public Statutes, 1837.