Stem Cell Research

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Shadow Minister (Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his oral evidence to the European Scrutiny Committee on 8th February, whether it is his Department's assessment that any UK legislation to restrict stem cell research would be contrary to article 13 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Any UK legislation on stem cell research would be drafted so as to be consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights and in particular with the right to freedom of thought and expression enshrined in that Convention, from which Article 13 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is derived.

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