SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

No. 80 of Session 2003-04 5 November 2004

Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law

Evidence session

Wednesday 10 November 2004

Committee Room 8 at 9.15am

In its ninth oral evidence session for this inquiry, the Science and Technology Committee will take evidence from:

At 9.15am

British Infertility Counselling Association:

Dr Jim Monach, Acting Chair of BICA and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sheffield

Sheila Pike, past chair of BICA and Counsellor, Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

British Association of Social Workers Project Group on Assisted Reproduction:

Marilyn Crawshaw, Lecturer in Social Work and Research Fellow, University of York

Deborah Cullen, Secretary to the legal group, British Association for Adoption & Fostering

Professor Eric Blyth, Professor of Social Work, University of Huddersfield

At 10.00am

Professor Susan Golombok, Family and Child Psychology Research Centre, City University

Professor Martin Richards, Centre for Family Research, Cambridge University

Dr Sarah Parry, Centre for Social and Economics Research on Innovation on Genomics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Tom Shakespeare, Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute, Newcastle University

The Committee has published  on its website the written evidence it received on or before 18  June.

For further information, please ring the Committee staff on 020 7219 2793/4, or refer to the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033. 

Previous press notices and publications are available on our website

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Notes for Editors

• Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Committee is empowered to examine the "expenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated public bodies". The Committee was appointed on 12 November 2001.

• The Committee's Inquiry into Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law was announced on 24 October 2003, press notice no. 45, session 2002-03, and issued a call for evidence on 30 March 2004, press notice no. 30, session 2003-04. It has already held 8 evidence sessions; 14, 23,and 30 June, 21 July,  8, 15 September, 13 October and 27 October  2004.

• The Committee held an online consultation which ran from 22 January to 15 March 2004 at www.tellparliament.net to inform its Inquiry into Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law. It was managed by the Hansard Society, an independent organisation established to promote effective parliamentary democracy. The Hansard Society's Edemocracy Programme has pioneered methods of Parliamentary online discussion enabling citizens to feed their views and experiences into parliamentary discussion.

Membership of the Committee

Dr Ian Gibson (Lab, Norwich North) (Chairman)
Mr Tony McWalter (Lab, Hemel Hempstead)
Paul Farrelly (Lab, Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Dr Andrew Murrison (Con, Westbury)
Dr Evan Harris (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Geraldine Smith (Lab, Morecambe and Lunesdale)
Kate Hoey (Lab, Vauxhall) Bob Spink (Con, Castle Point)
Dr Brian Iddon (Lab, Bolton South East)
Dr Desmond Turner (Lab, Brighton Kemptown)
Mr Robert Key (Con, Salisbury)