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Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to produce a revised edition of the draft guidance on termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. (134443)

The Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) issued the draft “Guidance on Termination of Pregnancy in Northern Ireland” to interested parties on 9 January. The response date was extended from 16 March to 20 April due to the high level of interest that it generated.

DHSSPS is currently collating the responses in order to produce a summary response document. The final guidelines will not be issued until after the Assembly is restored.