HC Deb 15 May 1985 vol 79 cc148-9W
Mr. John David Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the names of all organisations in Ulster which have responded to the Warnock report on human fertilisation and embryology; and how many have supported the recommendations on research and how many have opposed them.

Mr. Chris Patten

The information is as follows:

  • The Northern Ireland Assembly
  • Northern Health and Social Services Board
  • Western Health and Social Services Board
  • Southern Health and Social Services Board
  • Eastern Health and Social Services Board
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners—Northern Ireland Faculty
  • Royal College of Nursing—Northern Ireland Board
  • The National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Northern Ireland
  • The Royal College of Midwives—Northern Ireland Board
  • Association of Nurse Administrators (Northern Ireland Division)
  • The Health Visitors' Association
  • The Catholic Bishops in Northern Ireland
  • Church of Ireland Social and Family Welfare Association
  • Church of Ireland Armagh Diocesan Board of Social Responsibility
  • LIFE (Northern Ireland)
  • Women's Forum—Northern Ireland
  • The National Association for the Childless (Northern Ireland)
  • The Association of District Committees for the Health and Personal Social Services
  • Ballymena Borough Council
  • Derry City Council
  • Fermanagh District Council
  • Limavady District Council
  • Down District Council
  • Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Presbytery of Ballymena—the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
  • Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland
  • Ministry of Healing Committee of the Methodist Church
  • Western Presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland
  • Willowfield Parish Church
  • Clinical Genetics Society
  • The Baptist Union of Ireland
  • The Methodist Church in Ireland
  • The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster
  • The Presbyterian Church in Ireland
  • The Joint Committee of Professional Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Associations (Northern Ireland)
  • The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
  • The Sisters of Nazareth Adoption Society
  • The Family Planning Association

Twenty one organisations opposed embryo research. Eleven bodies considered research acceptable in certain circumstances. Six bodies either expressed no opinion or were unable to reach any consensus view on this aspect of the report.