No.66 of Session 2003-04

Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law

Evidence session No. 6

Wednesday 15 September 2004

Committee Room 8 at 10.15am

In the sixth oral evidence session for this inquiry, the Science and Technology Committee will take evidence from religious and pro life groups and will hear from:

Josephine Quintavalle, Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CORE);

Most Rev Peter David Smith, Archbishop of Cardiff, Catholic Church in England and Wales;

Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, Church of England; and

Rev Dr John I Fleming, Director, Southern Cross Bioethics Institute and Consultant to the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC)

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 5 evidence sessions; 14, 23,and 30 June, 21 July and 8 September.

• The Committee held an online consultation which ran from 22 January to 15 March 2004 at 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.