SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

No. 80 of Session 2003-04 16 November 2004

Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law

Evidence session

Wednesday 24 November 2004

Committee Room 8 at 9.30am

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

At 9.30am

Panel 1: Fertility research

Robert Edwards, Chief Editor of Reproductive BioMedicine Online

Professor Catherine Peckham, Chair of MRC/HFEA Working Group on Assisted Reproduction, Institute of Child Health, London

Professor Henry Leese, Department of Biology, University of York, Editor-in-chief of Human Fertility Journal

At 10.15am

Panel 2: Therapeutic research

Professor Roger Pedersen, MRC Centre for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine at Cambridge.

Professor Alison Murdoch, Consultant Gynaecologist and Head of Department, The Newcastle Fertility Centre

Dr Robin Lovell-Badge, Head of Division of Developmental Genetics, MRC National Institute for Medical Research

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

For further information, please ring Ana Ferreira on 020 7219 2793

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 9 evidence sessions; 14, 23,and 30 June, 21 July,  8 and 15 September, 13 and 27  October, and 10 November 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)