§ Lord Tebbit
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether there is a minimum period for which a sexual relationship with a Minister must have lasted for the person concerned to be granted the status of "partner" with the entitlement to benefits hitherto confined to spouses. [HL335]
§ Lord McIntosh of Haringey:
The principle governing who may accompany a Minister on overseas travel remains unchanged: it must be on official business, clearly in the public interest and with the Prime Minister's prior approval. There are no other criteria.