Debates between Lord Desai and Lord Keen of Elie during the 2019 Parliament

Marriage and Religious Weddings

Debate between Lord Desai and Lord Keen of Elie
Tuesday 30th June 2020

(3 years, 11 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Keen of Elie Portrait Lord Keen of Elie
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My Lords, the Law Commission review will consider the law on how and where marriages may take place in England and Wales. The terms of reference for that project have already been published and we look forward to the consultation paper and the results of that consultation.

Lord Desai Portrait Lord Desai (Lab) [V]
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My Lords, the evidence is not only that underage marriage is sanctioned by parents, but that any woman defying parental orders can suffer violent death. We have to understand that it is not just a matter of the law of marriage but of the legal human rights of underage children, especially girls, to have protection from their families. The Government must do something about that part of the law and not just wait for the Law Commission.

Lord Keen of Elie Portrait Lord Keen of Elie
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My Lords, there is an issue to be addressed with regard to what amounts to forced marriage. Since 2014 that has been a specific criminal offence, and since 2017 we have ensured that those who come forward in these circumstances receive lifelong anonymity.