Amendment 12

Part of Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report – in the House of Lords at 8:30 pm on 17th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP 8:30 pm, 17th July 2019

It might be helpful to the Minister to be aware that, in the Assembly of 2007 to 2011, the then Health Minister redid the guidance to give clarity to the profession. It proved not satisfactory to the profession at that time and work commenced on doing it again, but the mandate ran out before it was done. Perhaps it might be helpful if the Minister asked the officials to look that up because there is uncertainty and that is very disturbing. The guidance was the problem in the past. It is not that the Assembly never looked at the abortion issue because it did, but it did not succeed in getting agreement that was acceptable to the professions.