Human-Animal Hybrid Embryos

Health written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what guidance his Department has provided on the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials have had with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos; and if he will make a statement;

(3) under what legislative provisions the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority issued a licence to the University of Newcastle to create human-animal hybrid embryos; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted licences for two research projects involving the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos in accordance with its interpretation of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, as amended. The HFEA has a duty to consider applications that come before it and undertook a public consultation before making its decisions.

The decisions were entirely a matter for the HFEA. Neither Ministers nor departmental officials influenced the decisions in any way.

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