Marriage (Naval, Military, and Air Force Chapels) Act 1932

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1932 c. 31


Marriage (Naval, Military, and Air Force Chapels) Act, 1932

(22 & 23 Geo. 5.) 31.

An Act to authorise the publication of banns and the solemnization of marriages in naval, military, and air force chapels.

[12th July 1932]

Be it 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, as follows:

S-1 Solemnization of marriages in naval, military, and air force chapels.

1 Solemnization of marriages in naval, military, and air force chapels.

(1) The use of any chapel to which this Act applies for the publication therein of banns of marriages to which this Act applies, and for the solemnization therein, whether according to the rites of the Church of England or otherwise, of such marriages, may be authorised under and subject to the provisions of this Act.

(2) This Act shall apply only to chapels which are certified by the Admiralty to be naval chapels and to chapels which are certified by a Secretary of State to be military or air force chapels, and shall apply only to marriages between parties of whom one at least is a qualified person, that is to say, a person who, at the relevant date—

(a ) is serving in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Regular Land Forces or the Regular Air Forces; or

(b ) has served in any force mentioned in the last foregoing paragraph otherwise than with a commission granted or under an engagement entered into only for the purpose of a war or other national emergency; or

(c ) is, as a member of a reserve of officers, a reserve force, the Territorial Army or the Auxiliary Air Force, called out on actual or permanent service, or embodied; or

(d ) is actually employed as a member of any naval, military or air force nursing service, in the service of any force mentioned in the foregoing paragraphs of this subsection; or

(e ) is a daughter of a person qualified under any of the foregoing paragraphs of this subsection.

(3) For the purpose of the last foregoing subsection, the expression ‘the relevant date’ means—

(a ) in a case where notice is given under section seven of the Marriage Act, 1823 , before publication of banns, the date of the notice;

(b ) in a case where banns are published without such notice, the date of the first publication of banns;

(c ) in a case where an oath is taken under section fourteen of the Marriage Act, 1823, for the purpose of obtaining a licence for marriage, the date of taking the oath;

(d ) in any other case, the date when notice is given to the registrar under section four of the Marriage Act, 1836 ;

and the expression ‘daughter’ includes a daughter adopted under the Adoption of Children Act, 1926 , but does not include a step-daughter.

(4) Nothing in this Act shall be taken to confer upon any person a right to be married in a chapel to which this Act applies.

S-2 Marriages according to rites of Church of England.

2 Marriages according to rites of Church of England.

(1) As respects marriages according to the rites of the Church of England, the bishop of the diocese in which any chapel to which this Act applies is situated may, on the application of the Admiralty, in the case of a naval chapel, or a Secretary of State, in the case of any other chapel, by licence authorise the publication of banns of marriages to which this Act applies, and the solemnization of such marriages, in the chapel, and while any such licence in respect of the chapel is in force—

(a ) any such banns or marriages which could lawfully be published or solemnized in the parish church of the parish in which the chapel is situated may be published or solemnized in the chapel; and

(b ) the enactments relating to marriages according to the rites of the Church of England (excluding the enactments set out in Part I. of the First Schedule to this Act) shall apply in relation to the chapel, and in relation to the publication of banns therein, and in relation to marriages solemnized or intended to be solemnized therein according to those rites, as if the chapel were a parish church:

Provided that the enactments set out in the first column of Part II. of that Schedule shall apply subject to the modifications set out in the second column of that Part of that Schedule:

(2) Where a licence has been issued in respect of a chapel under this section, the bishop of the diocese in which the chapel is situate may at any time, and shall on the application of the Admiralty or a Secretary of State, revoke the licence.

(3) Upon the issue or revocation of a licence under this section, the registrar of the diocese shall register the fact and give notice thereof in writing to the Admiralty or a Secretary of State, as the case may be, who shall cause a copy of the notice to be published in the London Gazette and in some newspaper circulating in the diocese and to be sent to the Registrar-General.

(4) The Admiralty or any person authorised by them las respects a naval chapel licensed under this section) and a Secretary of State or any person authorised by him (as respects any other chapel so licensed) shall appoint one or more clergymen of the Church of England for the purpose of registering marriages solemnized in the chapel according to the rites of the Church of England, and no marriage shall be...

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