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York research debated in the House of Lords

Posted on 21 January 2020

Two Bills will be scrutinised by parliament in the coming months, both drafted by Professor Paul Johnson of the Department of Sociology, and based on his research.

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The Armed Forces (Posthumous Pardons) Bill will have its first reading on January 21. The aim of this Private Members Bill is to grant posthumous pardons to Army and Royal Marines personnel convicted prior to 1881 of now abolished homosexual offences.


If passed, the Bill will address omissions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017, which meant some servicemen were not included in the posthumous pardons scheme.

The Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (Amendment) (Siblings) Bill, which had its first reading on January 14, aims to make the transfer of assets between siblings who live together exempt from inheritance tax in some circumstances.

If passed, the Bill would mean that, for example, a person could bequeath to a sibling the house that they have lived in without incurring inheritance tax.