Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Draft)

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2007.

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Photo of Lord Selsdon Lord Selsdon Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why they have committed to, and set out the main elements of a Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill in The Governance of Britain—The Government's Draft Legislative Programme (Cm 7175) before the publication of the report from the Joint Committee on the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill.

Photo of Baroness Ashton of Upholland Baroness Ashton of Upholland President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council (Privy Council Office)

The Government set out their current thinking on the legislation they propose to introduce in the next Session of Parliament in The Governance of BritainThe Government's Draft Legislative Programme (Cm 7175). This was published as part of a wider package of reforms designed to ensure that the Government better engage with Parliament and the public. As such, it does not represent the Government's concluded view of the contents of the programme or of any specific Bill. The Joint Committee on the Human Tissue and Embryos Bill is specifically referred to in the document on the draft programme (pages 15 and 48). The Government look forward to the report of the Joint Committee and the contribution that it will make to the ongoing development of legislation in this area.

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