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Modern Slavery Bill — Commons Amendments (25 March 2015)

Lord Deben: ...serious faults in this amendment which need to be considered. My worry is simply this. This Bill is one of the Bills in the last five years which makes one proud to be part of the legislative process. The same-sex marriage Bill, the decision to give a very fixed amount of money to developing countries as an absolute necessity and now this Bill have shown this country in a remarkable light....

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Partnerships (25 March 2015)

Lord Black of Brentwood: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil partnerships have been registered since the commencement of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Commonwealth Day (24 March 2015)

Crispin Blunt: ...the Commonwealth and its institutions provided a suitable vehicle through which to identify and work for one of the causes that I intended to use my parliamentary position to pursue: the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights around the world. Within that nexus, I was happy to become chair of the parliamentary friends of the Kaleidoscope Trust, a non-governmental...

Violence against Women and Girls — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (12 March 2015)

Karen Bradley: ...and girls ruins lives and has a devastating impact on victims and their families. The Government have taken strong measures to tackle all forms of violence and abuse, including domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and stalking. Too many women have been subjected to unacceptable violence. We have heard in contributions to this debate some powerful...

Business of the House: Education Regulations and Faith Schools (12 March 2015)

David Amess: ...of British education. But it is of course also essential to protect freedom of speech and it is in no way true to suggest that these changes would fetter the views of individual teachers or censor the discussion of relevant matters. A teacher who, for instance, disagrees with same-sex marriage because of their Christian faith will not be prevented from expressing that view by these changes...

Child Sexual Exploitation (Rotherham) (26 February 2015)

Sarah Champion: ...trying to support all our survivors: Apna Haq, GROW and the women’s counselling service. Although it was welcome that Rotherham council gave each organisation £20,000 to fast track child sexual exploitation cases, that is only until the end of the financial year. What is needed is long-term investment to enable them to work with victims and survivors in an intensive way and at...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (24 February 2015)

Lord Deben: ...earlier meeting said, “Well, he only says all those things because he’s a Roman Catholic”. I think I will face that. Those Members of your Lordships’ House who took part in the proceedings on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will remember that I spent a good deal of time supporting the Government’s position on that. I do not think anyone can complain that...

Isil: New Clause 1 — Termination of pregnancy on the grounds of the sex of the unborn child (23 February 2015)

Fiona Bruce: ...that the new clause will do nothing to help abused women. It will indeed. It will clarify the law and as Polly Harrar of Jeena International powerfully told me: “What we’ve found with the Forced Marriage Act 2007 was that we were able to use that piece of legislation as a bargaining tool to negotiate with parents, so a young woman could say, ‘You do realise this is a...

Written Answers — Department for Culture Media and Sport: LGBT People (19 February 2015)

Lord Smith of Finsbury: ...banks and other major companies which have outsourced customer services to overseas countries about the way in which enquiries from United Kingdom citizens who have entered into a civil partnership or same-sex marriage are handled.

Deregulation Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (5 February 2015)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: .... I hope it is not too cold there. This amendment will achieve a long-standing government policy objective of providing greater flexibility over how, and in what form, records of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership may be accessed. It will provide powers for the Secretary of State to make regulations that will introduce a legal demarcation between those older records of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China and North Korea (3 February 2015)

Hugo Swire: Homosexuality was decriminalised in China in 1997 and removed from the official list of mental disorders in 2001. However, as there are no specific anti-discrimination laws protecting LGB&T people, and LGB&T relationships are not covered by family law, LGB&T people are frequently subject to unequal treatment, harassment and intimidation. LGB&T civil society groups frequently...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Female Genital Mutilation (29 January 2015)

Seema Malhotra: ...points that I wholeheartedly support, particularly on the importance of early education in schools. It is staggering that the Conservatives, and the Government as a whole, have voted against measures to make sex and relationship education compulsory in schools. Such education is a vital part of ensuring that teachers understand the issue and that young people have the tools to raise issues...

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] — Second Reading (12 December 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Thornton: ...Lord, Lord Lester, and the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss. I congratulate other noble Lords who have spoken in this debate, although I have to confess that I had a few moments of same-sex marriage déjà-vu, particularly during the remarks of the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, and the noble Lord, Lord Farmer. I congratulate also the noble Lord, Lord Marks, on bringing...

[Sandra Osborne in the Chair] — Health Systems (Developing Countries) (11 December 2014)

Fiona Bruce: ...report. First, in response to recommendation 14, the Government state that they have shown leadership on working with women and girls, “nutrition, female genital mutilation and early and forced child marriage, all of which require dismantling cultural barriers.” I commend the Government’s work in this area, which gets to the heart of effective aid. It is not just about...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Bill: Final Stage (9 December 2014)

Steven Agnew: We could make the same point about a number of issues. I think of how we legislate for equality and how other countries legislate on equal marriage. The fact is that this is going to be the only region of these islands that does not legislate for equal marriage. I could make the same argument that the Members opposite would make to me in those circumstances: we have to legislate as we see...

Unpaid Carers — Question (8 December 2014)

Lord Pearson of Rannoch: My Lords, do the Government regret whipping against and voting down the amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which would have revealed how much blood-relative carers contribute to the economy? Is the suggestion of several billion pounds annually very far adrift? Is that why the Government did not want it made public? Will the Minister now tell us what these blood-relative carers...

Business of the House (4 December 2014)

Kate Green: May we have a statement on the Government’s position on humanist marriage? During the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, there was strong support across both Houses for the principle of humanist marriage, but there are now reports that the Government are receiving spurious advice that it is not possible to proceed with legal marriage on the basis of licensing a...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Civil Partnerships (2 December 2014)

Nicholas Boles: ...supported abolition of civil partnership • The majority were against closing civil partnership to new couples • Over three-quarters were against opening up civil partnership to opposite sex couples. Several important organisations thought it was too soon to consider making changes to civil partnership – this should wait until we know the impact of extending marriage to...

Humanist Marriage — Question (1 December 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Ashton of Hyde: I do not accept that we have not done everything that we said we would do. During the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in 2013, it was agreed that there would be a consultation. That has taken place. It lasted for 12 weeks and the replies have come in. We agreed that we would provide an answer by 1 January 2015.

Religion and Belief: British Public Life — Motion to Take Note (27 November 2014)

Lord Haskel: ...that their own religious authorities do not have the courage or the will to resolve. For example, Liberal Judaism accepts civil divorce, in the sense of not requiring people to undergo any further religious divorce procedure. In the same way it accepts same-sex marriage, because it is the law of the land—and that is the way it should be.

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