HL Deb 17 June 1999 vol 602 c45WA
Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they will announce the outcome of their review of immigration policy in relation to the unmarried partners concession. [HL3060]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

It has been decided that, in order to demonstrate a commitment akin to marriage, it is not necessary to demonstrate a prior cohabitation period of four years, and the prior cohabitation period has therefore been changed to two years. The probationary period before settlement may be granted has been increased to two years, which means there will be a four-year cohabitation period before the grant of settlement. Where applicable, these new arrangements will be taken into account when deciding whether or not to initiate enforcement action.

The other provisions of the concession remain unchanged.