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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 11th March 2004

STANDING COMMITTEE A


GENDER RECOGNITION BILL [LORDS]

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [9th March].

   

Clause 4.
Amendment (29) proposed, in page 3, line 16, at the end to insert the words—

    '( )   Once an interim gender recognition certificate has been issued an application under section [Retained pension rights] may be made.'.—(Mr Hugh Bayley.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.Question again proposed.

   

Mr Hugh Bayley
Mr Frank Field

30

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     16,     at end insert—

    '( )   If subsection 3 and Schedule 2 apply, and the couple intend to live together as partners following an annulment or dissolution of marriage Schedule [Retained benefits following issue of interim gender recognition certificate: living together as partners] shall apply.'.

   

Mr Hugh Bayley
Mr Frank Field

31

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     16,     at end insert—

    '( )   If subsection 3 and Schedule 2 apply, and the couple do not intend to live together as partners following an annulment or dissolution of marriage Schedule [Retained benefits following issue of interim gender recognition certificate: not living together as partners] shall apply'.

   

Dr Evan Harris

71

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     19,     at end insert—

    '( )   For the purposes of subsections (2) or (3) above a person shall only be deemed to be married if the marriage takes place after the date of commencement of section 1 of this Act.'.


   

Mr Hugh Bayley
Mr Frank Field

28

Schedule     2,     page     16,     line     14,     at end insert—

    '"( )   An annulment or dissolution of marriage under section 12(g) shall be subject to the provisions of section [Application following issue of an interim gender recognition certificate] of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.".'.

   

Mr Andrew Selous
Dr Evan Harris

48

Page     16,     line     5,     leave out Schedule 2.


   

Dr Evan Harris

65

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     31,     leave out from '(1))' to end of line 32.

   

Lynne Jones

54

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     32,     leave out 'six months' and insert 'two years'.

   

Lynne Jones
Dr Evan Harris

69

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     34,     leave out 'within that period'.

   

Dr Evan Harris

67

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     35,     leave out from 'certificate' to '(3)' in line 36.

   

Dr Evan Harris

66

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     35,     leave out from 'certificate' to end of line 39.

   

Lynne Jones
Dr Evan Harris

52

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     36,     leave out from 'time' to end of line 39.

   

Dr Evan Harris

61

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     36,     leave out 'within the period specified in subsection 3'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

11

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     38,     leave out 'six months' and insert 'two years'.

   

Dr Evan Harris

68

Clause     5,     page     3,     line     38,     leave out subsection (3).


   

Mr Tim Boswell

12

Clause     6,     page     4,     line     21,     at end add 'and may not charge for the issue of a corrected certificate if the need arose because of official error'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell

13

Clause     7,     page     4,     line     27,     leave out 'an' and insert 'a reasonable'.


   

Mr Andrew Selous

39

Clause     8,     page     4,     line     37,     at end insert—

    '( )   Subsection (2) will not affect the right of the applicant's family to offer evidence in accordance with section 3(6).'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell

18

Clause     9,     page     5,     line     16,     after 'purposes', insert 'including legislation relating to discrimination'.

   

Mr Andrew Selous

44

Clause     9,     page     5,     line     16,     after 'purposes', insert 'defined by this Act'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

14

Clause     9,     page     5,     line     17,     leave out 'sex' and insert 'gender'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

15

Clause     9,     page     5,     line     18,     leave out 'sex' and insert 'gender'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

16

Clause     9,     page     5,     line     19,     leave out subsection (2).

   

Mr Tim Boswell

17

Clause     9,     page     5,     line     23,     leave out subsection (3).


   

Mr Tim Boswell

19

Schedule     3,     page     20,     line     22,     at end insert—

    '(4)   A gender recognition certificate may also be revoked at the request of the person to whom it has been issued.'.


   

Mr Andrew Selous

42

Schedule     4,     page     26,     line     27,     leave out from 'clergyman' to 'reasonably' in line 28 and insert 'or any minister of a recognised religious body is not obliged to permit the marriage of a person to be solemnised in the church, chapel or other religious building of which he or she is a minister, if the minister'.

   

Mr Andrew Selous

43

Schedule     4,     page     26,     line     34,     at end insert—

    '(3) A registrar of births, marriages and deaths is not obliged to solemnise the marriage of a person if the registrar reasonably believes that the person's gender has become the acquired gender under the Gender Recognitition Act 2004.'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr Andrew Selous

27

Schedule     5,     page     28,     line     15,     at end insert

       'provided that it shall be possible for any individual whether or not personally in receipt of a gender recognition certificate, but as a consequence of the issue of such a certificate to any person, to apply to the High Court or Court of Session for an order on the ground of detriment to his present or future income, and the court may, if it is satisfied that it is just to do so, make in relation to any person benefiting such arrangements for the reallocation of income between the interested parties as it may deem appropriate.'.

   

Lynne Jones
Dr Evan Harris

53

Schedule     5,     page     29,     line     37,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   But sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) do not apply to a person who was aged not less than 59 years on the date of Royal Assent of this Act and who was a woman immediately before the certificate is issued, and the rights of that person to a Category A retirement pension are to be decided as if the certificate had not been issued.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr Andrew Selous

20

Schedule     5,     page     32,     line     11,     at end insert—

      'Continued payment of benefit

    13A In any case where the Secretary of State judges that the ending of an entitlement to state benefit under this Schedule may give rise to hardship or to excessive administrative cost he may provide for the continuing payment of benefit as if the certificate had never been issued.'.


   

Lynne Jones
Dr Evan Harris

50

Page     7,     line     22,     leave out Clause 19.


   

Dr Evan Harris

72

Clause     21,     page     8,     line     19,     leave out from '(1)' to 'a' in line 22.

   

Dr Evan Harris

73

Clause     21,     page     8,     line     42,     at end insert—

    '(6)   Subsections (1) to (5) shall not apply to persons who have had gender recognition under the law of an approved country or territory and who have entered into a foreign post-recognition marriage.'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell

21

Clause     22,     page     9,     line     3,     leave out 'in an official capacity'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

22

Clause     22,     page     9,     line     15,     leave out 'or of a voluntary organisation'.

   

Lynne Jones
Dr Evan Harris

51

Clause     22,     page     9,     line     31,     at end insert 'where prior application for disclosure has been made to the court or tribunal, the court has ruled that such disclosure is relevant and reasonable.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

23

Clause     22,     page     9,     line     37,     at end insert 'or'.

   

Mr Andrew Selous

45

Clause     22,     page     9,     line     37,     at end insert—

    '( )   the disclosure is made within the context of a recognised religious body for the purpose of maintaining its procedures, practices, ethos and beliefs.'.

 
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