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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:35 am on 17th September 2015.

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Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Labour, Manchester, Withington 10:35 am, 17th September 2015

Like other Members, I have constituents who are affected by birth defects resulting from the use of hormone pregnancy tests in the 1960s and 1970s. Following a Backbench Business debate some 10 months ago, the Under-Secretary of State for Life Sciences agreed to set up an expert panel of inquiry, which will sit for the first time on 14 October. It now appears that the panel’s terms of reference are at variance with what was promised in the Chamber. Will the Minister come to the House as soon as possible after the recess to make a statement explaining why?