§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on her Department's position on the use of transgenic pigs for human transplant operations.
§ Mr. Sackville
The modification of animal organs for transplantation into human beings has not yet been developed. Procedures of this kind would not be practised in the United Kingdom without the approval of the medical profession and with consideration of the ethical issues involved. Any clinical or medical research involving national health service patients would have to be referred to the appropriate local research ethics committee.