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Human Fertilisation and Embryology

Part of Living Wage (Reporting) – in the House of Commons at 2:29 pm on 3rd February 2015.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton 2:29 pm, 3rd February 2015

I was indeed surprised, but in a sense that is why those who have made the case for much more parliamentary time and debate on this issue are quite right.

There will be no going back for society and certainly not for the individuals and children involved. My hon. Friend the Minister said that we have taken all rigorous steps before bringing this matter to the House, but it is profoundly concerning that the outstanding pre-clinical trials, as recommended by the HFEA panel, have still not been undertaken, written up and peer-reviewed. Will my hon. Friend confirm that, setting aside the completion of pre-clinical trials, there have been no clinical trials of these procedures, that there will be no clinical trials of them and that, in effect, if we pass the regulations the techniques will be applied to the creation of children without clinical trials? In other words, we will be approving uncontrolled experimentation—because there will be no controls—on children. In the absence of clinical trials, would that not effectively contravene EU regulations?