§ Mr. McLoughlin
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were married by special licence in (a) England and (b) Wales in each of the last five years. 
§ Ms Hewitt
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Patrick McLoughlin, dated 10 November 1998:151WAs Director of the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question on the number of people married by special licence in England and Wales.
The information required is as follows:
Number of marriages solemnised in the Church of England/Church in Wales on issue of a special licence granted by, or on behalf of, the Archbishop of Canterbury Country of marriage Year of marriage England Wales 1991 2,974 54 1992 2,876 53 1993 2,761 49 1994 2,328 35 1995 2,201 36
Marriage, divorce and adoption statistics, annual reference series FM2