HC Deb 27 July 1988 vol 138 c361W
Sir John Biggs-Davison

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish the composition and terms of reference of the committee set up to review the code of practice on the use of foetuses and foetal material for research; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Currie

The committee is chaired by the Rev. Dr. J. Polkinghorne, FRS, Dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and its membership comprises Sir Raymond Hoffenberg, president of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Professor Ian Kennedy, professor of medical law and ethics, King's college London and Dr. Sally Macintyre, director MRC medical sociology unit, university of Glasgow.

Its terms of reference are: In the light of recent developments in the field of human tissue transplantation, and other relevant medical research, to review the Report of the Advisory Group on the Use of Foetuses and Foetal Material for Research (the "Peel Report"), and in particular to consider whether any modifications or additions should be made to the Recommended Code of Practice in that Report.