Clause 99 - Occupancy rights

Civil Partnership Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 26th October 2004.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Before my hon. Friend the Member for Rutland and Melton raised his point of order, I had been in discussion with my hon. Friend who has been voting in a similar way to me.

Photo of Frank Cook Frank Cook Labour, Stockton North

Order. May I seek clarification? Is this a point of order?

Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

On a point of order, Mr. Cook. We feel very strongly about the way in which the Government have transacted the Bill. We have voted against every clause in part 2 as a matter of principle. We are hotly opposed to part 3, but we have made our point. We hope that the Government will accept the right to debate issues about which they feel strongly, but about which a minority also feels equally strongly, and that they will take account of the strength of feeling that we have expressed.

Photo of Frank Cook Frank Cook Labour, Stockton North

Having been presented with a point of order, I must respond that if the hon. Gentleman wants to discuss the clause stand part, he is free to do so. That is the Committee's procedure.

Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

I do not wish to discuss the clause stand part; I wish to let the matter go.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 99 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 100 to 114 ordered to stand part of the Bill.