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Civil Partnerships

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many same-sex couples in Northern Ireland have applied to legalise their relationship, broken down by council area. (78551)

Civil partnership was introduced in Northern Ireland from 5 December 2005 and after that date couples could give notice of civil partnership registration. Up to 15 June 2006 notice has been given for 110 civil partnerships in Northern Ireland of which 70 are in the Belfast registration district, nine in Derry and six in each of Newry and Mourne and North Down districts. None of the remaining registration districts has received five or more notices.