§ Mr. Peter Duncan
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his policy regarding consent for(a) clinical experimentation, (b) research and (c) trials on babies born in the NHS with life-threatening conditions. 
§ Ms Blears
[holding answer 24 February 2003]: The principles of consent remain broadly the same in all these settings. These are set out in the Department of Health's guidance published in March 2001 "A Reference Guide to Consent for Examination or Treatment" which explains the current English law on consent to treatment.