The Social & Community Development Committee will be conducting focused consultations on the Marriage Bill, the Sunday’s Observance Ordinance (Amendment) Bill and the Employment Regulations.

The Marriage Bill seeks to update the institution of marriage by introducing same sex marriage. The other significant amendment is to allow the Registrar-General to approve premises other than places of worship for solemnization of civil marriages, so long as some health and safety safeguards are in place.

The Sundays Observance (Amendment) Bill seeks to remove the restricted opening hours (10am and 6pm) of shops, stores and places of business on a Sunday. The Employment Regulations will reflect this and deal with remuneration for working on Sundays and on holidays. 

All meetings will start at 7.30pm.





HTH Community Centre

Tuesday,  3 May 2016

Hon Wilson Duncan & Hon Mike Olsson

St Michael’s Church, Rupert’s ok

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Hon Brian Isaac & Hon Gavin Ellick

Harford Community Centre

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Hon Brian Isaac & Hon Mike Olsson

Sandy Bay Community Centre

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Hon Gavin Ellick & Hon Wilson Duncan

Blue Hill Community Centre

Friday, 6 May 2016

Hon Gavin Ellick & Hon Mike Olsson

Kingshurst Community Centre

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Hon Gavin Ellick & Hon Wilson Duncan

Levelwood, Silver Hill Bar  

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Hon Brian Isaac & Hon Wilson Duncan

Jamestown Community Centre

Friday, 13 May 2016

Hon Brian Isaac & Hon Mike Olsson

 Feedback on the draft legislation is to be submitted to the Chairperson of the Social & Community Development Committee, Hon Brian Isaac, via by no later than Wednesday 25 May 2016.

The draft legislation will be made available in hard copy at the Public Library from Monday, 2 May 2016 and will also be uploaded on the SHG Website.

Social & Community Development Committee

27 April 2016


  1. Can the bills be accessed somewhere? There does not appear to be a link

  2. Will new Saint Helena’s marriage ordinance apply to Tristan da Cunha?
    When the Ascension Island’s marriage ordinance will be published in the official gazette?

    • Dear Rob currently there are no plans for the marriage ordinance to extend to TdC at this stage.

  3. When will same-sex marriage become available in St Helena and Ascension? I assume it is when the Governor issues an Order and that the Order, in turn, cannot come before the Legislative Council changes the Marriage Ordinance. If so, has it been determined when the Council will take up the matter?

    • Hi David, you are correct. The Marriage Bill will be taken to formal Legislative Council later this year, following which a decision will then be taken. Kind Regards Kerisha

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