Amendments proposed to the Civil Partnership Bill [Lords] - continued House of Commons

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Jacqui Smith

NS3

To move the following Schedule:—

'Immigration control and formation of civil partnerships

Part 1

Introduction

      Application of Schedule

    (1) This Schedule applies if—

(a)   two people wish to register as civil partners of each other, and

(b)   one of them is subject to immigration control.

    (2) For the purposes of this Schedule a person is subject to immigration control if—

(a)   he is not an EEA national, and

(b)   under the Immigration Act 1971 (c.77) he requires leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom (whether or not leave has been given).

    (3) "EEA national" means a national of a State which is a contracting party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2nd May 1992 (as it has effect from time to time).

      The qualifying condition

    (1) For the purposes of this Schedule the qualifying condition, in relation to a person subject to immigration control, is that the person—

(a)   has an entry clearance granted expressly for the purpose of enabling him to form a civil partnership in the United Kingdom,

(b)   has the written permission of the Secretary of State to form a civil partnership in the United Kingdom, or

(c)   falls within a class specified for the purpose of this paragraph by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

    (2) "Entry clearance" has the meaning given by section 33(1) of the Immigration Act 1971 (c.77).

    (3) Section 25 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004 (c.19) (regulations about applications for permission to marry) applies in relation to the permission referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(b) as it applies in relation to permission to marry under sections 19(3)(b), 21(3)(b) and 23(3)(b) of that Act.

Part 2

England and Wales

      Application of this Part

     This Part of this Schedule applies if the civil partnership is to be formed in England and Wales by signing a civil partnership schedule.

      Procedure for giving notice of proposed civil partnership

    (1) Each notice of proposed civil partnership under Chapter 1 of Part 2 of this Act—

(a)   must be given to a registration authority specified for the purposes of this paragraph by regulations made by the Secretary of State, and

(b)   must be delivered to the relevant individual in person by the two proposed civil partners.

    (2) "The relevant individual" means such employee or officer or other person provided by the specified registration authority as is determined in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this sub-paragraph.

    (3) Regulations under sub-paragraph (2) may, in particular, describe a person by reference to the location or office where he works.

    (4) Before making any regulations under this paragraph the Secretary of State must consult the Registrar General.

      Declaration

     The necessary declaration under section 9 must include a statement that the person subject to immigration control fulfils the qualifying condition (and the reason why).

      Recording of notice

    (1) The fact that a notice of proposed civil partnership has been given must not be recorded in the register unless the registration authority is satisfied by the production of specified evidence that the person fulfils the qualifying condition.

    (2) "Specified evidence" means such evidence as may be specified in guidance issued by the Registrar General.

      Supplementary

    (1) Part 2 of this Act has effect in any case where this Part of this Schedule applies subject to any necessary modification.

    (2) In particular section 52 has effect as if the matters proof of which is not necessary in support of the civil partnership included compliance with this Part of this Schedule.

    (3) An expression used in this Part of this Schedule and in Chapter 1 of Part 2 of this Act has the same meaning as in that Chapter.

Part 3

Scotland

      Application of this Part

     This Part of this Schedule applies if the civil partnership is to be formed in Scotland.

      Procedure for giving notice of proposed civil partnership

    (1) Notice under section 86—

(a)   may be submitted to the district registrar of a district specified for the purposes of this paragraph by regulations made by the Secretary of State, and

(b)   may not be submitted to the district registrar of any other registration district.

    (2) Before making any regulations under this paragraph the Secretary of State must consult the Registrar General.

      Pre-condition for making entry in civil partnership notice book etc.

    10 (1) Where the district registrar to whom notice is submitted by virtue of paragraph 9(1) is the district registrar for the proposed place of registration, he shall neither—

(a)   make an entry under section 87, nor

(b)   complete a civil partnership schedule under section 92,

    in respect of the proposed civil partnership unless satisfied, by the provision of specified evidence, that the intended civil partner subject to immigration control fulfils the qualifying condition.

    (2) Where the district registrar to whom notice is so submitted (here the "notified registrar") is not the district registrar for the proposed place of registration (here the "second registrar")—

(a)   the notified registrar shall, if satisfied as is mentioned in sub-paragraph(1), send the notices and any fee, certificate or declaration which accompanied them, to the second registrar, and

(b)   the second registrar shall be treated as having received the notices from the intended partners on the dates on which the notified registrar received them.

    (3) "Specified evidence" means such evidence as may be specified in guidance issued by the Secretary of State after consultation with the Registrar General.

      Supplementary

    11 (1) Part 3 of this Act has effect in any case where this Part of this Schedule applies subject to any necessary modification.

    (2) An expression used in this Part of this Schedule and in Part 3 of this Act has the same meaning as in that Part.

Part 4

Northern Ireland

      Application of this Part

    12  This Part of this Schedule applies if the civil partnership is to be formed in Northern Ireland.

      Procedure for giving civil partnership notices

    13 (1) The civil partnership notices must be given—

(a)   only to a prescribed registrar, and

(b)   in prescribed cases by both parties together in person at a prescribed register office.

    (2) Before making any regulations under this paragraph the Secretary of State must consult the Registrar General.

      Accompanying statement as to the qualifying condition

    14  A civil partnership notice given by a person subject to immigration control must be accompanied by a statement that the person fulfils the qualifying condition (and the reason why).

      Civil partnership notice book and civil partnership schedule

    15 (1) No action must be taken under section 136(1) or 139 (civil partnership notice book and civil partnership schedule) unless the prescribed registrar is satisfied by the production of specified evidence that the person fulfils the qualifying condition.

    (2) If the prescribed registrar is satisfied as mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) but is not the registrar for the purposes of section 136(1), the prescribed registrar must send him the civil partnership notices and he is to be treated as having received them when the prescribed registrar received them.

    (3) "Specified evidence" means such evidence as may be specified in guidance issued by the Secretary of State after consultation with the Registrar General.

      Supplementary

    16 (1) Part 4 of this Act has effect in any case where this Part of this Schedule applies subject to any necessary modification.

    (2) In particular, section 172 has effect as if the matters proof of which is not necessary in support of the civil partnership included compliance with this Part of this Schedule.

    (3) In this Part of this Schedule—

(a)   "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State;

(b)   "registrar" means a person appointed under section 148(1)(a) or (b) or (3);

(c)   other expressions have the same meaning as in Chapter 1 of Part 4 of this Act.

    (4) Section 18(3) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (c.33(N.I.)) (provisions as to holders of offices) shall apply to this Part of this Schedule as if it were an enactment within the meaning of that Act.

Part 5

Regulations

    17  Any power to make regulations under this Schedule is exercisable by statutory instrument which is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.'.


ORDER OF THE HOUSE [12TH OCTOBER 2004]

That the following provisions shall apply to the Civil Partnership Bill [Lords]:

Committal

    1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 21st October 2004.

    3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

Programming Committee

    6.   Sessional Order B (programming committee) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Programming of proceedings

    7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.


 
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