Delegated Legislation

Affirmative Approval Motion

  Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 Baroness Williams of Trafford moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22 October 2019 be approved. Then Lord Collins of Highbury moved, as an amendment to the motion, at end insert “, and while this House agrees with the general principle of the Regulations, nevertheless regrets that Her Majesty’s Government is continuing with the new legislation following the criticisms of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments in their third Report that the Regulations “will plainly discriminate on the ground of sexual orientation from the moment it is in force” and that that Committee “has a real doubt as to whether it would be lawful for the Secretary of State to include regulation 37 in the proposed Regulations”; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to replace these Regulations with new ones which ensure equal rights and are not discriminatory.” After debate, the amendment was withdrawn. Then the original motion was agreed to.


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Tuesday 5 November 2019
15:57 - 17:09