Forced Marriage

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 17 May 2022.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to extend the legislation on forced marriage to include the offence of predatory marriage.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

The Government takes the issue of protecting the vulnerable, including the elderly, from being taken advantage of extremely seriously.

We will review the case for reforming the law in relation to predatory marriage in the light of two forthcoming reports from the Law Commission. One review is in relation to the law around marriage, due to report in July 2022, and the other on the law of wills, the report date of which is yet to be confirmed. Both reviews are exploring the potential to provide improved protection for vulnerable people, and we will respond to the recommendations of the reports once they have been received.

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