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Embryonic Cloning: Professor Donaldson's Briefings

Volume 622: debated on Monday 12 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Why they did not invite Professor Neil Scolding, or another expert with comparable scientific authority, to contribute to the Department of Health briefing (17 January) on the issue of embryonic cloning to give an alternative view to that proposed by Professor Liam Donaldson. [HL635]

Briefings were arranged for the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Donaldson, to present the findings of his expert group, which had considered these issues for a year and took evidence from a wide range of organisations and individuals. The briefings allowed Members of both Houses to ask questions about the issues in his report.

Many other briefings took place, arranged by a number of external organisations, which Members were welcome to attend.