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Orders of the Day — Human Fertilisation and Embryology

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:27 pm on 19th December 2000.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South 5:27 pm, 19th December 2000

I am grateful for that information from my hon. Friend, who knows more about the matter than me.

These issues are difficult for Members of Parliament, but we do not live in a theocracy; we live in a multicultural, multi-religious and secular society. At times, we have to use our own judgment—regardless of the correspondence we receive or the pressure put on us by particular lobbies or groups. The political consequences of that may not always be easy, but it is the only course that Members of Parliament can follow on matters of conscience such as this. For those reasons I shall proudly support the motion, as I have also said on my website—to follow the hon. Member for Salisbury. The proposals are in the interests of millions of people in this country and potentially throughout the world. The legislation will lead to a better life and future for families.