Orders of the Day — Civil Partnership Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:14 pm on 12th October 2004.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 5:14 pm, 12th October 2004

Let us be frank about this. Does the hon. Gentleman not appreciate the fact that two people who have shared their lives, not necessarily in a sexual union as in the Bill, may face problems when one partner dies, either with the tenancy or ownership of a house, because of inheritance tax, and that it is as well, separate from the Bill, to try to find a way to remedy that?