HC Deb 20 May 2004 vol 421 cc1195-6W
Dr. Naysmith

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of how a mandatory choice scheme for organ donation(a) would operate in the UK and (b) would be enforced; [171653]

(2) what assessment his Department has made of the impact on organ donation rates of a mandatory choice scheme, under which people would be obliged to register their intention whether or not to donate. [171654]

Ms Rosie Winterton

The Government's policy on organ donation and transplantation is set out in "Saving Lives, Valuing Donors—A Transplant Framework of England", which was published in July 2003. This draws on the evidence of those factors that are effective in increasing organ donation. There is no evidence to suggest that a mandatory choice system would affect organ donation rates.