§ Jane Griffiths
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to introduce a civil partnership registration scheme. 
§ Mrs. Roche
Civil partnership registration and associated rights and responsibilities raise a number of complex issues, which have prompted a growing debate within society. The Government are watching this debate with interest; however, it does not have a settled view.
These issues potentially have significant financial and administrative implications and the Government cannot commit themselves to making any changes in these areas before undertaking a comprehensive analysis of all the implications. The Government will now be examining the issues in detail.