HC Deb 04 March 2003 vol 400 cc979-80W
Mr. Amess

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has held with his European counterparts on cloning; and if he will make a statement. [100319]

Ms Blears

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, has held no meetings with his European counterparts on cloning. However, cloning has been on the agenda at a number of international meetings attended by the Prime Minister and Science Minister since 1998.

The United Kingdom was the first European country to put in place a specific legal ban on human reproductive cloning in 2001 and we continue to support moves in the United Nations to introduce a global ban on human reproductive cloning.