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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 28 February (WA 135–6) stating that membership of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority requires acceptance of the fundamental principles behind the authority's existence, whether that extends to expressing views contrary to a prohibition of reproductive cloning or the culture of embryos for more than 14 days in vitro. [HL2352]

The members of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority must be mindful of the full range of views held on embryology and assisted conception. While individual members may acknowledge such views, in carrying out their statutory functions they are obliged to recognise and act within the regulatory parameters of the 1990 Act and associated regulations.