HC Deb 16 December 1983 vol 50 c1296 9.37 am
Mr. David Atkinson (Bournemouth, East)

I have the honour to beg leave to present two petitions, worded in identical terms, one organised by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lane, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. N. Carter and others, and another prepared by the Boscombe Corps of the Salvation Army, which together contain in total over 1,094 signatures of my constituents in Bournemouth, East,

It calls on the Home Secretary to recommend to the House that parents must be given statutory rights to be considered before any contraceptive drugs or devices be given to their daughters whilst they are under 16.

I have no doubt that this request—based, as it is, on article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by Society and the State"— reflects the views of a great many of my constituents, and I am glad to be associated with it.

To lie upon the Table.