Clause 1

Part of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office 5:30 pm, 16th January 2007

The hon. Member for North Down has asked why the provision concerning enduring family relationships in clause 1(10)(c) has been included. The reason is that we need to say more about the nature of the partnership. Other subsections refer to the spouse or former spouse, civil partner or former civil partner, and the nature of those relationships is defined in legislation, so there should be no confusion. However, in paragraph (c), we need to define the nature of the partnership. Business partners could not be included, for example.