HL Deb 19 January 1981 vol 416 c332WA
Lord Taylor

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are satisfied that it is completely safe, as far as the foetus is concerned, for female anaesthetists to administer inhalation anaesthetics during the first two months of pregnancy.

Lord Cullen of Ashbourne

Her Majesty's Government are aware of reports in the medical press suggesting that there may be an increased risk to the foetus in these circumstances. However, they are advised that there is no consensus of opinion and it must, therefore, be a matter for the clinical judgment of the patient's doctor whether a female anaesthetist should continue to administer inhalation anaesthetics during early pregnancy.