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MPs urge greater powers for registrars to halt sham marriages

Registrars should be given greater powers so they can stop weddings they believe are "bogus", an influential group of MPs has said. The Home Affairs Select Committee said more needed to be done to prevent what had become immigration scam "industry".

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MPs urge greater powers to stop sham marriages

Registrars should be given more powers to halt "bogus" wedding ceremonies, an influential groups of MPs has said.

The number of suspect couples referred to the Home Office has more than doubled. Credit: PA

The Home Affairs Select Committee (HAC) warned more needed to be done to stop what had become an immigration scam "industry".

HAC pointed to the number of suspect couples being referred annually to the Home Office, which has more than doubled in three years to 2,135.

The true figure is almost certainly far higher due to under-reporting, MPs added.

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