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Hereditary Diseases

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his officials have had meetings in relation to birth defects in consanguineous marriages in the last six months. (196755)

Information on the number of birth defects in consanguineous marriages is not collected centrally. The Department's correspondence unit has no record of any representations on birth defects as a result of from consanguineous marriages this year. Neither Ministers nor officials have met to discuss this issue in the last six months.