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Human Cloning

Volume 402: debated on Thursday 3 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his policy on human cloning. [104207]

The United Kingdom already has a legal ban, the Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001, that prevents any attempt to carry out human reproductive cloning.In its response to the 2002 House of Lords Select Committee report on stem cell research, the Government agreed with the Select Committee that there is a powerfulcase for the use of therapeutic cloning, under strict regulation, as a research tool.Such research is permitted and regulated under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.