§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will give those district health authorities that have ethics committees along with any information he has on the qualifications of such committees; and if he will make a statement;
(2) to whom ethics committees in district health authorities report; if these reports are published; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Newton
All health authorities are required to have a committee to advise them on the ethical aspects of clinical research. The objectives and composition of these local ethical committees are described in circular HSC(IS)153 of June 1975, a copy of which is in the Library. The reports are not normally published.