Speaking in a debate on marriage and government policy, Iain Duncan Smith tells MPs that marriage “is probably the most fundamental institution that society has ever managed to construct to make society better” and calls for more pre-wedding education to help people prepare for the most important relationship they will ever make towards delivering a stable family and happy life.
Iain Duncan Smith has co-sponsored a Private Member's Bill by Zac Goldsmith to enable the management of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to lease land and buildings for a period of up to 150 years, rather than the restrictive 31 years currently permitted, and thereby ensure the Royal Botanic Gardens can generate revenue to support its work.
Iain Duncan Smith backs the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on her decision not to appeal the High Court judgment that people with psychological stress should be able to claim higher rates of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Iain Duncan Smith raises the case of a constituent seeking redress following his acquittal of common assault, the prosecution of which was based on a fabricated witness statement.
Speaking on the issue of HMRC imposing retrospective tax on donors to referendums Iain Duncan Smith raises concerns that donors to organisations that are not charities or political parties are worried they may be pursued by HMRC.
Following the statement on the collapse of Carillion, Iain Duncan Smith calls for better direct contract management in the public sector and also a regular capability review of companies that are engaged in large public contracts.