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PROPOSED SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS—FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE RESEARCH INVOLVING EMBRYOS AND PROHIBITION OF HUMAN CLONING BILL 2002

Mr Billson, pursuant to notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the following arrangements applying for the further consideration of the Research Involving Embryos and Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002:

(1) That, immediately before the putting of the question on the motion that the Research Involving Embryos and Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002 be now read a second time, instead of the question on the second reading being put, the following question be put and determined forthwith:

 "That the Research Involving Embryos and Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002 be divided into—

 (a) a Bill for an Act to prohibit human cloning and other unacceptable practices associated with reproductive technology, and for related purposes, to be known as the Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002, (incorporating, with associated amendments, the title, enacting formula and Parts 1 and 2 and clauses 56, 61 and 62 and the schedule of the Bill as introduced, and an activating clause); and

(b) a Bill for an Act to regulate certain activities involving the use of human embryos, and for related purposes, to be known as the Research Involving Embryos Bill 2002 (incorporating,
with associated amendments, Parts 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Bill, and also including with amendments the provisions of clauses 56, 61 and 62 of the Bill as introduced and a new clause 55A)."

(2) That if the question that the Bill be divided as proposed in paragraph (1) is agreed to, the following separate questions be then put:

 (a) "That the Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002, as contained in a form to be made available to Members, be read a second time (that question to be decided without further debate)".

 If the motion that the Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002 be read a second time is agreed to, for the consideration in detail stage the House then proceed to consider in detail the Bill as contained in the form to be made available to Members; and

 (b) "That the Research Involving Embryos Bill 2002, as contained in a form to be made available to Members, be read a second time (that question to be decided without further debate)".

 If the motion that the Research Involving Embryos Bill 2002 be read a second time is agreed to, for the consideration in detail stage the House then proceed to consider in detail the Bill as contained in the form to be made available to Members.

(3) That, when the consideration in detail of the Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002 and the Research Involving Embryos Bill 2002 has been completed, the remaining stages of the measures be dealt with separately and in accordance with the provisions of the standing orders and ordinary practices of the House.

Debate ensued.

Paper

Mr K. J. Andrews (Minister for Ageing), by leave, presented the following paper:

Arrangements for nationally-consistent bans on human cloning and other unacceptable practices, and use of excess assisted reproductive technology (ART) embryos.

Debate continued.

It being 2 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 101A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.