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Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill given second reading

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill has been given an unopposed second reading in the House of Commons, with support coming from both the Government and opposition benches. The Bill, sponsored by Pauline Latham, would raise to 18 the minimum age for marriage and civil partnership in England and Wales. It would also make it an offence, punishable with up to seven years' imprisonment, to carry out "any conduct for the purpose of causing a child to enter into a marriage".

The Bill has been sent to a Public Bill Committee which will scrutinise the Bill line by line and is expected to report to the House by a date to be confirmed.

For the Bill, as introduced, click here. For a House of Commons Library briefing, explaining the provisions of the Bill and its background, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.