Places of Religious Worship

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd February 2009.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many places of religious worship are registered for marriages under the Marriage Act 1949, broken down by faith and denomination.

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There are currently 24,883 places of meeting for religious worship which have been registered by the Registrar General for the solemnisation of marriages under Section 41 of the Marriage Act 1949. This number is broken down by denomination as follows:

Roman Catholic 3291
Methodist 6265
Congregationalist 1240
Baptist 3060
United Reformed Church 1566
Calvinistic Methodist 1052
Brethren 737
Salvation Army 721
Unitarian 159
Jehovah's Witnesses 832
Other Christian bodies 4348
Muslim 186
Sikh 163
Other 1263

"Other Christian bodies" includes those who describe themselves as Christian but do not designate themselves further. Examples of "Other" include Assemblies of God, Latter Day Saints, Seventh Day Adventist, Greek Orthodox and Pentecostal.

The Registrar General has also registered 123 naval, military or air force chapels for the solemnisation of marriages, otherwise than according to the rites of the Church of England, under Section 70 of the Marriage Act 1949. No denomination is stated with these registrations.

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