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Polygamy

Home Department written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has amended its guidelines for immigration officers which instruct them to allow polygamous families to live in the UK even if that sets up a polygamous marriage in the UK since her appointment.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 12 October 2011

Guidance to UK Border Agency staff has not been amended on this issue since this Government came into power.

It has been the policy of successive governments to prevent the formation .of polygamous households in this country. Section 2 of the Immigration Act 1988 and paragraphs 278 and 279 of the Immigration Rules (HC 395) are intended to achieve this policy.

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