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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

The Petition of residents of the United Kingdom,

Declares that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (2007) proposes to endorse the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos in the laboratory; the widening of the scope for experiments on human embryos, and the creation of human embryos for other purposes without regard for the welfare and status of such embryos.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons vote against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, and urges the Government to change its policy towards endorsing the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos in the laboratory; the widening of the scope for experiments on human embryos, and the creation of human embryos for other purposes without regard for the welfare and status of such embryos.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr. David Burrowes, Official Report, 12 May 2008; Vol. 475, c. 1170 .] [P000190]

Observations from the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Health:

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will ensure that human admixed embryos (defined in clause 4 of the Bill) are within the scope of statutory regulation and their creation, keeping and use allowed only for projects of research subject to the licensing decisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the limits and controls (including a prohibition on the development of such embryos beyond 14 days) contained in legislation. The House of Commons voted on Monday 19 May to reject amendments to the Bill that would have altered this position.