Orders of the Day — Civil Partnership Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:03 pm on 12th October 2004.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda 3:03 pm, 12th October 2004

I wholly agree with the hon. Gentleman's direction, but his last remark is entirely inaccurate because the Bill does not say anything of the sort. The Bill allows the Government to do what they want on pension provision for surviving partners, and given what we have heard this afternoon, I hope that the Government move in that direction. However, he is wrong to say that the Bill prevents the Government from providing pensions for surviving partners on the basis of parity with spouses.