Local Government Bill [H.L.]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 6th December 1999.

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Photo of Baroness Young Baroness Young Conservative 6:30 pm, 6th December 1999

My Lords, before the noble Baroness sits down, does she accept that when you are legislating the use of words is not just a matter of semantics; it has to be precise? The word that is used in this context is "promotion". The noble Baroness mentioned that word when she referred to the promotion of marriage. I agree with a great deal of what she has said and have no quarrel with much of it. However, the argument is whether or not a homosexual lifestyle should be promoted as being as good as a married lifestyle. This is not a question of semantics; it is an important issue of the words that are used.