Figure 1b: Marriages rates for men and women, 1934 to 2014
England and Wales
Source: Office for National Statistics
The certificate of approval scheme under the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004 came into effect 1 February 2005, to prevent the use of marriage to circumvent UK immigration control (‘sham marriages’). This scheme was abolished on 9 May 2011.
The marriage rate shows the number of marriages per 1,000 unmarried males/females aged 16 and over.