§ Mr. Fabricant
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to implement the recommendations in the Law Commission's report, "Domestic Violence and Occupation of the Family Home."
Mr. John M. Taylor
The Government have decided to implement almost all the recommendations contained in the report and consider them to provide a firm basis upon which to reform the law relating to the civil remedies for domestic violence and occupation of the family home. Legislation to implement the recommendations will be introduced when a suitable opportunity occurs.
The Government have not accepted the recommendation to give the police the power to take civil action on behalf of victims of domestic violence or the recommendation for two of the proposed new categories of associated persons who would be able to apply for non-molestation and occupation orders.
The categories which have not been accepted are peoplewho have at any time agreed to marry each other (whether or not that agreement has been terminated)and peoplewho have or have had a sexual relationship with each other (whether or not including sexual intercourse)".