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Civil Partnership Bill [HL] (22 Apr 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, like the leader of my party, Michael Howard, I generally support the principle of the Civil Partnership Bill, as I did when a similar Private Members' Bill was introduced to this House in 2002. However, this is a Bill which touches on matters of conscience and, as always in such circumstances in our party, there will be a free vote for these Benches. We support the principle of the...

Civil Partnership Bill [HL] (22 Apr 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, it was me.

Child Trust Funds Bill (26 Apr 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 6: After Clause 4, insert the following new clause— "OFFENCES (1) It shall be an offence for any person to induce or attempt to induce a child to carry out an act within subsection (1) of section 4. (2) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the...

Child Trust Funds Bill (26 Apr 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, this amendment stands in my name and that of the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes. We brought forward this new clause in Committee in an attempt to add some weight to Clause 4, on inalienability, by creating an offence. The issue is straightforward, and I hope that noble Lords will forgive me if I briefly run through the facts to make the case for our amendment clear. Clause 4 is...

Child Trust Funds Bill (26 Apr 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, my heart was sinking when the Minister started speaking, because I thought that I was going to get absolutely nowhere here. His last two sentences have raised my spirits somewhat. It may be only a vain hope. I cannot emphasise enough, or too often, that I have worked in environments where I have seen this happen to people. I have seen youngsters really intimidated by members of...

Civil Partnership Bill [HL] (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, we on these Conservative Benches, Her Majesty's Official Opposition, have a free vote. Let me be clear that I shall support the amendment proposed by my noble friend and I hope that as many Peers as possible from all sides of the House shall do so. We had an impassioned debate on this subject in Committee. It is a Bill that responds to a demand for justice from couples who cannot...

Civil Partnership Bill [HL] (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I was there of course. I did hear the proposition that the noble Lord, Lord Lester, made in his Bill. I did hear that he wanted it for heterosexuals and I know that he has spoken to the Government about how this will proceed. But I do not remember him at any time dealing with carers; neither does it alter the fact that I quoted him correctly. In Committee, he said that it was,...

Civil Partnership Bill (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 14: Page 4, line 28, leave out subsection (2).

Civil Partnership Bill (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords—

Civil Partnership Bill (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, in good faith in this House, I beg to move Amendment No. 14 which stands in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Higgins. The amendment concerns Clause 8, which details some of the standard procedure for forming a civil partnership. Subsection (2) tells us that: "A notice of proposed civil partnership must contain such information as may be prescribed by regulations". Our...

Civil Partnership Bill (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I am awfully sorry; I thought that I had been very clear. We have already discussed the question in Committee, but I am very happy to repeat what I said if that will help the noble Lord.

Civil Partnership Bill (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, as the noble Baroness, Lady Scotland, gave quite a clear statement, as the Bill is so big, and as we are taking so much trouble to put so much into it, this noble Baroness is suggesting that it would have been helpful to put the information into the Bill. That is what I ask for at this stage—nothing more than that.

Civil Partnership Bill (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I am naturally disappointed in that response. Having ploughed through the Bill in Committee and as I am now ploughing through it on Report, I am quite prepared to take my amendment away and return with it at Third Reading. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Civil Partnership Bill (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 26: Page 19, line 3, after "applicant" insert "at the first available opportunity"

Civil Partnership Bill (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, this amendment concerns Clause 41 which details provisions on attempts at reconciliation of civil partners. The clause would allow a court hearing an application to dissolve a civil partnership to adjourn proceedings if it appears that the civil partners have a reasonable possibility of achieving reconciliation. The clause states that the court must make provision for the...

Civil Partnership Bill (24 Jun 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I have some sympathy with the Minister's response to me. However, I had written down "civil partnerships, same sex" and I hope, too, that at some stage we shall be able to consider this amendment. I am extremely grateful to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chelmsford. I was a little confused earlier and I hope that he will excuse me as I nearly referred to him as the Bishop...

Civil Partnership Bill (1 Jul 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 6: Page 19, line 27, after "applicant" insert "at the first available opportunity"

Civil Partnership Bill (1 Jul 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, we have returned to this amendment at every stage in the Bill. It was first raised as part of a clause stand part debate in Grand Committee, which seems a long time ago now. Amendment No. 6 is a simple amendment which would ensure that a solicitor acting for a client who seeks to dissolve his civil partnership would have to raise the possibility of reconciliation with him at the...

Civil Partnership Bill (1 Jul 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, that was a lengthy response, for which I am extremely grateful. Even though we have been exhorted not to take too much time at this stage, given the circumstances under which we are working at the moment, I am extremely grateful for any extra help that the Minister feels that she can give us by way of explanation. Obviously, things have changed, and one must listen. I have listened...

Civil Partnership Bill (1 Jul 2004)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 40: Page 344, line 9, at end insert— "PART 14 AMENDMENT OF THE INHERITANCE TAX ACT 1984 (C. 51) In section 18(1), (2) and (3) for "spouse" substitute "spouse or registered civil partner"."


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