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Guidance for Registrars on interviewing couples wanting to get married or enter a civil partnership

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Dear General Register Office,

I am writing to request the guidance issued to Registrars for the conduct of interviews with couples wanting either to marry or enter a civil partnership.

Before two people are able to marry/ enter a civil partnership, the Registrar conducts an interview with them both individually and separately.

Given that these interviews must follow some sort of structure in order to serve any purpose, I would like to see the guidance document(s) that Registrars refer to.

I am not interested in information about other GRO functions such as births.

Finally, I am disappointed that these documents are not available online under a properly administered FOIA publication scheme.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Wright

FOI, General Register Office

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Dear Mr Wright

Thank you for your email below. Your request is being handled as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We will aim to send you a full response by 21 July 2020, which is twenty working days from the date when we received your request.

Yours sincerely

Her Majesty’s Passport Office

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I trust that this matter will have your prompt attention.

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Yours sincerely,

Stephen Wright

FOI, General Register Office

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Her Majesty’s Passport Office will send you an acknowledgement within the
next 2 working days.

 

If your enquiry does not fall within the Freedom of Information remit this
will not be forwarded or responded to. Therefore please contact the
appropriate department listed below:

 

• For a passport enquiry or complaint, please complete an online enquiry
form

 

• If your enquiry or complaint relates to a certificate which you have
ordered from the General Registrar’s Office, please complete the
certificate service order enquiries form.

 

• If your request is for information relating to your data held by Her
Majesty’s Passport Office or an individual it falls under the terms of the
Data Protection Act 1998 and may qualify as a Subject Access Request,
please email [email address]

 

• If your enquiry relates to nationality you should forward your enquiry
to the UK Visas and Immigration enquiry team who are better placed to
respond, please email    [email address

 

 

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FOI, General Register Office

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Dear Mr Wright

Further to our email below, please find attached our response to your information request.

Yours sincerely

Her Majesty’s Passport Office

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