Civil Partnership Bill — Commons Amendment — 17 Nov 2004 at 17:43

was absent

1 Clause 1, page 1, line 4, leave out from "relationship" to "between" in line 5

rose to move, as an amendment to the Motion that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 1, at end insert "and do propose Amendments Nos. 1A and 1B in lieu of the words so left out of the Bill":

1A Clause 253, page 125, line 29, at end insert-

"(10) No order may be made under this section until the Secretary of State has established a voluntary registration scheme, or schemes, whereby two persons can register their relationship where they-

(a) are within the specified degrees of family relationship,

(b) are both aged over thirty years,

(c) have lived together as co-dependents for a continuous period of twelve years immediately prior to the date of registration.

(11) The scheme or schemes referred to in subsection (10) above shall entitle two people who have registered their relationship to be treated no less favourably than two people who are civil partners of each other in respect of the following-

(a) inheritance tax,

(b) capital gains tax,

(c) housing and tenancies,

(d) fatal accident claims.

(12) Schedule (Specified degrees of family relationship) contains provisions for determining when two people are within the specified degrees of family relationship for the purposes of this section."

1B After Schedule 29, insert the following new schedule-


:TITLE3:Specified degrees of family relationship

(1) Two people are within the specified degrees of family relationship if one falls within the list below in relation to the other.

Adoptive child

Adoptive parent


Former adoptive child

Former adoptive parent



(2) In the list "sibling" means a brother, sister, half-brother or half-sister."

On Question, Whether the said amendment shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 136; Not-Contents, 251.

Debate in Parliament | Historical Hansard | Source |

Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Bishop8 238.5%
Con11 98 (+1 tell)52.6%
Crossbench31 32 (+1 tell)36.6%
Green1 0100.0%
Independent Labour0 1100.0%
Lab137 (+2 tell) 067.8%
LDem58 084.1%
Other3 030.0%
UUP0 133.3%
Total:249 13455.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

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The of ChesterBishopaye
The of SouthwellBishopaye
Astor Con (front bench)no
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Buscombe Con (front bench)no
Crickhowell Conno
Flather Conno
Gilmour of CraigmillarConno
Inglewood Conno
Lucas Conno
Noakes Con (front bench)no
Norton of LouthConno
St John of FawsleyConno
Adebowale Crossbenchno
Allenby of MegiddoCrossbenchno
Best Crossbenchno
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Cameron of DillingtonCrossbenchno
Cobbold Crossbenchno
Condon Crossbenchno
D'Souza Crossbenchno
Darcy de Knayth Crossbenchno
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Greengross Crossbenchno
Habgood Crossbenchno
Howarth of BrecklandCrossbenchno
Howe of IdlicoteCrossbenchno
Joffe Crossbenchno
Kerr of KinlochardCrossbenchno
Laming Crossbenchno
The of ListowelCrossbenchno
Marsh Crossbenchno
Murphy Crossbenchno
O'Neill of BengarveCrossbenchno
Ouseley Crossbenchno
Patel Crossbenchno
Robertson of Port EllenCrossbenchno
Roll of IpsdenCrossbenchno
The of SandwichCrossbenchno
Slynn of HadleyCrossbenchno
Stern Crossbenchno
Warnock Crossbenchno
Wright of RichmondCrossbenchno

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