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Public Inquiry into Hormone Pregnancy Test Drugs

Volume 582: debated on Tuesday 17 June 2014

I present a petition on behalf of my constituent, Ms Nicola Williams, from the members of the Association of Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests who have collected several hundred signatures to call for a public inquiry into the use of oral hormone pregnancy test drugs that were used in the 1960s and ’70s.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of the UK,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that children were born with serious deformities due to hormone pregnancy test drugs taken by expectant mothers between 1953 and 1975; further that the Petitioners are concerned that as the surviving victims enter their forties and fifties many of them may face a host of new problems as their bodies continue to suffer; further that no official warnings were issued about these drugs until eight years after the first reports indicated possible dangers; further that the Petitioners believe that some doctors continued to prescribe the hormone pregnancy test drugs to pregnant women after official warnings from the Committee on Safety of Medicines; and further that the Department of Health in the past has rejected requests for an inquiry into these matters.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to set up an Independent Public Inquiry.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.