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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Feb 2017)

Crispin Blunt: In the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, we took the power, subject to a consultation and the laying of an order, to give humanists in England and Wales the opportunity to celebrate marriages as they do in Scotland. We have had the consultation, with 90% approval, and there has even now been reference to the Law Commission, which has concluded. Will my right hon. Friend now give her...

Scottish Parliament: LGBT History Month Scotland 2017 (21 Feb 2017)

Annie Wells: I thank all the members who will speak tonight. I am extremely grateful to have secured a debate to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history month Scotland, which I take part in every year and which has an extremely important message. As many members are aware, the month-long event is co-ordinated nationally by LGBT Youth Scotland, some of whose members have kindly...

Marriage Week — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (1 Feb 2017)

Caroline Nokes: ...hon. Lady for that comment, and I have written the name of her constituency on my speech so I remember to mention specifically the point she has made about Newcastle upon Tyne. The importance of marriage is reflected in the Government’s introduction of the marriage tax allowance. Furthermore, our commitment to supporting different types of family means that we have extended that tax...

Crime (Aggravated Murder of and Violence Against Women) (31 Jan 2017)

Philip Davies: ...them, I suspect that most of the Opposition Members who are complaining would be up in arms about such a Bill that focused only on the male victims of murder because they are in the majority—and the same should apply here. Yes, of course women are far more likely to be the victims of honour-based crimes than men, but they are not exclusively the victims of these crimes. As far as I...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Marriage: Humanism (31 Jan 2017)

Naseem Shah: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to section 14 of the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Act 2013, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of legalising humanist marriages; and whether the Government has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to legalise such marriages.

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Jan 2017)

Baroness Deech: ...if the guiding statutory provision in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 did not exist. In all this time, it has not been thoroughly debated in Parliament, despite the enormous changes in society with same-sex marriage, women reaching equality in work and education, and profoundly different attitudes to divorce and the family. The judges have scrambled to keep up. They have tried manfully to...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill (20 Jan 2017)

Andrew Jones: ...provides well-paid, varied, fulfilling job opportunities with real long-term career prospects. Those seeking to fill vacancies should be able to do so on merit—a point made by several colleagues today—and they should not have to think that their sexuality might be a factor. The UK has a proud record of promoting equality for LGBT people, including the introduction of marriage...

Backbench Business: NHS Fertility Services — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Jan 2017)

Steve McCabe: ...thousands needed for this treatment. I hope one day these laws will be changed for couples like us and others in the near future.” My information is that four clinical commissioning groups in England—Mid Essex, North East Essex, Basildon and Brentwood, and South Norfolk—have already decommissioned their assisted conception services, essentially as a cost-saving measure....

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Military Bases: Religious Buildings (17 Jan 2017)

Nia Griffith: ...to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 35843 to the hon. Member for Bridgend, what the outcomes were of the pilot project implemented to explore registering Ministry of Defence sites for civil marriages and partnerships including same-sex unions.

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill: Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill (13 Jan 2017)

Robert Halfon: On his own. Given that this is about civil partnerships and marriage, I congratulate my hon. Friend on losing his virginity with this Bill. My hon. Friend talked about the 2014 consultation, which ran during the time that same-sex marriage was introduced. There were 11,500 respondents, 76% of whom opposed extending civil partnerships. The Government’s position is that we want to see...

Public Bill Committee: Children and Social Work Bill [Lords]: Safeguarding: provision of personal, social and health education (10 Jan 2017)

Kate Green: ...to stalking, which will be the subject of amendments in Committee later this afternoon; and in relation to coercive control, mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Walthamstow; in relation to same-sex marriages; and in relation to the very good follow-up which has been put in place following some of the appalling child sex scandals of recent years. It is tragic that the Government and...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill (16 Dec 2016)

Philip Davies: ...to do so several times, has still failed to ratify this important convention; recognises that women still face a significant amount of inequality, with one in four women experiencing some form of domestic, sexual or psychological abuse during their lifetimes; further notes that ratifying the Istanbul Convention should ensure that a series of preventative policies will be introduced to help...

Un International Day: Violence Against Women (8 Dec 2016)

Sarah Champion: ...(Liz McInnes) spoke powerfully about the horrifying increase in online abuse and gave clear recommendations on what needs to be done. The right hon. Member for Basingstoke also spoke about the sexual harassment of girls, and I would like to acknowledge that the work done on this by the Women and Equalities Committee has been fantastic. I hope that we get an equally strong response on this...

Women and Equalities: Sex and Relationships Education (8 Dec 2016)

Justine Greening: ...16 years ago, and we all recognise that the world that children are growing up in now is very different from that world. The hon. Lady’s question raises in particular LGBT relationship issues and sexual harassment. Those are important areas where we can do better. I am very proud of the Government’s record on LGBT issues and bringing forward same sex marriage, but it is an...

South Sudan — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (7 Dec 2016)

Mark Durkan: ...emerged—but there are obviously questions about how the new Government formation is going to work. Many people have doubts about whether the new vice-president really has the capacity and standing to carry people in the same way as many people would say that, unfortunately, the displaced vice-president might be able to. There are dilemmas and challenges in taking forward the peace...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: International Human Rights Day (5 Dec 2016)

Steven Agnew: ...and the court ruling that we are not meeting minimum standards; indeed, we had the opportunity to correct that in the Assembly, but, unfortunately, that opportunity was not taken. The right of same-sex couples to marry is being tested in our courts. Again, we have the possibility of legislating for that; indeed, a cross-party group of MLAs is seeking to bring forward a private Member's...

National Life: Shared Values and Public Policy Priorities - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (2 Dec 2016)

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...that need to be accorded to everyone in their society, whatever their religion or belief”.—[ Official Report, 17/9/15; col. 2034.] I must say, however, that there were times in the debate on the same-sex marriage legislation when I felt the Church of England appeared not able or prepared to face up to that distinction. Where freedom of religion or belief is under attack, other...

Backbench Business: Transgender Equality (1 Dec 2016)

Caroline Dinenage: ...Scotland, but it is a different legal process. We will continue to monitor cases whereby married trans people are victimised by spouses with malicious intent. However, it is important to say that marriage is a contract between two individuals and it is right that both partners should have an equal say in the future of their marriage when there is a fundamental change. NHS England’s...


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