§ Mr. Cash
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will direct the Medical Research Council, under section 2(1) of the Science and Technology Act 1965, to discontinue human embryo research.
§ Mr. Dunn
No. The Government's consultation document "Legislation on Human Infertility Services and Embryo Research" (Cmnd. 46, December 1986) invites views about those issues on which the Warnock committee thought legislation was necessary or desirable. This will assist the preparation of legislation for introduction in the next Parliament. At that time it is proposed to offer alternative draft clauses on embryo research to assist Parliament in resolving this matter on a free vote.