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 Baroness Hayman Baroness Hayman Crossbench 8:30 pm, 17th July 2019

I will attempt to be helpful. I think the focus on the 28 weeks comes from the Infant Life (Preservation) Act, which gave the number of weeks as that when we had the debates on the Act from the noble Lord, Lord Steel. As I understand from the Minister, the 1945 Act—which I am not familiar with—talks about viability and his solution to that problem was guidance that viability would have occurred by 24 weeks.