Sibling Couples - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:14 am on 21st March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development 11:14 am, 21st March 2019

On the point of justice, that was tested, rightly, in the courts. The Burden sisters took their case to the European Court of Human Rights in 2008, and it did not find that there was discrimination against them in contrast to married couples when it came to inheritance tax. That was a clear decision. It is open to anybody else to challenge it through the courts, but our position is clear.