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Embryology

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 21 April (WA 234—35), what the effect was on any decision by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's research licence committee of comments by those opposed to cloning human embryos; and

Further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 31 March (WA 132—33) and 21 April (WA 234—35), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) did not take account of views in favour of human reproductive cloning, when the register of members' interests in each of the HFEA's last four annual reports referred to royalties being received from academic publishers by a research licence committee member, one of whose publications seemingly approves of human reproductive cloning (on page 320 of Regulating Reproduction: Law, Technology and Autonomy).

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Research Licence Committee's decisions are made in accordance with the criteria laid down in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. Comments received are among the material considered.

The HFEA has assured me that no member of the authority is in favour of human reproductive cloning, nor does the citation referred to approve of human reproductive cloning.

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