MOTION MOVED ON CONSIDERATION OF COMMONS AMENDMENT No. 377

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:15 pm on 24th July 2000.

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Photo of Lord Moran Lord Moran Crossbench 7:15 pm, 24th July 2000

My Lords, I intend to be brief because I gave my views on this question on 7th February when we last debated the matter. I want to make just one point in relation to the essential issue on which we shall be voting tonight.

The marginal note on the Marshalled List of Commons Amendments on page 36 describes Amendment No. 378 as,

"Repeal of prohibition on promotion of homosexuality".

Section 2A of the 1986 Act says,

"A local authority shall not ... intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality".

We are not discussing services, which the Minister spoke of at some length; we are discussing the intentional promotion of homosexuality. When we come to vote tonight the issue will be whether or not we consider it right, appropriate and sensible for a local authority to promote homosexuality in its work. If we do, then it is right and reasonable that we vote for the government amendments. If we do not, then we should vote for the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Young. That is the simple issue and nothing else stands up against it.