Orders of the Day — Civil Partnership Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:40 pm on 12th October 2004.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield 4:40 pm, 12th October 2004

My hon. Friend, of course, advances a very well-argued case, with which I do not entirely agree but which I respect entirely. Does he accept that, as many contributors to the debate have said, this legislation is to rectify an injustice? Does not he think that he is being unfair on my noble Friend Baroness O'Cathain, who was trying to put right an injustice whereby a daughter, for example, could look after her elderly family for many years, and when her mother and father die might have to leave the family home because she cannot pay the inheritance tax that would be due on the property, which has been her home for the whole of her life?