§ Ms Hewitt
I have been asked to reply.
Civil partnership registration and associated rights and responsibilities raise a number of complex issues, which have prompted a growing debate within society.
These issues potentially have significant financial and administrative implications. The Government is now examining the issues in detail and DTI co-ordinates this work across all Government Departments with an interest in the issues raised by civil partnerships.
As you will understand, the Government cannot commit itself to any changes without conducting a comprehensive analysis of the relevant rights and responsibilities, to provide a better understanding of their potential impact.