HL Deb 15 December 1997 vol 584 cc74-5WA
Lord Tebbit

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Williams of Mostyn on 19 November (WA 79) concerning the right to nominate persons for admission for settlement in the United Kingdom, to which categories of persons who are legally unable to marry their partners the concession announced on 10 October applies.

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The concession applies to those who have a relationship akin to marriage with a person who is present and settled in the United Kingdom (or is here in a category leading to settlement or who has been granted asylum), who are legally unable to marry (other than by reasons of consanguineous relationships or age), who have been living together in a stable relationship for four years and intend to continue to do so permanently and who can maintain and accommodate themselves adequately without recourse to public funds. Any previous marriage (or similar relationship) by either partner must have permanently broken down.