Schedule 3 - Interpretation of legislation

Part of Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 7 March 2013.

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Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport 2:30, 7 March 2013

I am happy to do that. I absolutely understand my hon. Friend’s point. In theory, at least, we could have a rather absurd situation in which a provision specifically about husbands and wives could technically provide without husbands and wives. In theory, that possibility is there, but in our trawl of the legislation thus far, we have not identified particular circumstances where this is going to be either necessary or appropriate. However, I absolutely take the point and will write to my hon. Friend.