HC Deb 01 February 1972 vol 830 c226
14. Mr. Kinnock

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will introduce legislation which will permit partners in a marriage to obtain contraceptive medicines and devices without the written consent of their spouses.

Mr. Alison

No, Sir.

Mr. Kinnock

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are several general practitioners who, if they proffer contraceptive assistance, take the risk of being prosecuted for conspiracy? Will he not reconsider his answer in an attempt to emancipate doctors and wives from this insidious limitation of their freedom?

Mr. Alison

Strictly speaking, these are ethical matters between general practitioners and their patients, and there is no statutory provision requiring consent.