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Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish Dr. Harper’s review of the 2003 Genetics White Paper. (164035)

Work on the Review of the Genetics White Paper “Our inheritance. Our Future—realising the potential of genetics in the NHS” (2003) is in its final stages. The review process has involved consultation with key stakeholders with an interest in genetics in healthcare, and their views and comments will be reflected in the report of the review when it is published shortly. While the review has been progressing, our continuing commitment to improving genetics services in the national health service has led to the renewal of several contracts, including those with the National Genetics Reference Laboratories and the National Genetics Education and Development Centre as well as continued commitments to the ongoing funding of additional scientific trainer and trainee posts in the NHS.