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MPs debate on the inquiry into hormone pregnancy tests

15 September 2016

On Thursday 13 October MPs took part in a House of Commons Chamber debate on the inquiry into hormone pregnancy tests. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from Yasmin Qureshi and Hannah Bardell.

This debate will be opened by Yasmin Qureshi, Labour MP for Bolton South East and Hannah Bardell, Scottish National Party MP for Livingston.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

There was also a debate pack produced by the House of Commons Library which includes more information on the subject of this debate:

Text of the Motion debated

That this House notes that an Expert Working Panel Group Inquiry was set up by the Government to investigate and assess evidence on children born with serious deformities due to hormone pregnancy test drugs taken by expectant mothers between 1953 and 1975; further notes with concern that the terms of reference as set out by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency do not clearly allow for an investigation into the systematic regulatory failures of government bodies at the time; notes the conflict of interest of some panel members; further notes that all evidence must be presented to expert panel members as set out in the term of reference;  calls on the Inquiry to ensure that all evidence is presented to the expert panel with sufficient time for due consideration; further calls on the inquiry to guarantee thorough background checks on all panel members; calls for the terms of reference to be amended to include an investigation into the conduct of the Committee on Safety of Medicines; further calls on the Government to ensure that the inquiry has the trust and confidence of the victims for whom it was set up; and believes that, unless these changes are made, the ability of the Inquiry to achieve a fair outcome will be significantly compromised.

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

Further information

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