HC Deb 30 June 1987 vol 118 cc80-1W
Mr. Hannam

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state the Government's proposals for legislation on the matters raised in the Warnock report on human fertilisation and embryology.

Mr. Moore

The Government are aware of the deep concern felt about these complex issues and have indicated their intention to legislate in this Parliament. In preparation for that, a consultative document was issued last December for comments by the end of June. We are now studying carefully the views we are receiving and intend to set out our conclusions about the form legislation should take in a White Paper later this year. This will include proposals for alternative clauses about the issue of research on human embryos on which we have promised the House a free vote when legislation is introduced. We will give the House an opportunity for a debate on the White Paper so that we can take full account of hon. Members' views in the drafting of legislation.

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