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Prevention of Severe Handicap

EDM (Early Day Motion) 172A4: tabled on 20 December 1989

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 56 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Sir John Hannam on 07 December 1989. This is amendment number 4.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

Line 1, leave out from 'pioneering' to end and add: 'genetic disease research at centres investigating treatments and possible cures without the use of human embryos as guinea pigs; notes advances in cystic fibrosis research at the Toronto Children's Hospital and the University of Michigan, discoveries relating to muscular distrophy at Boston Children's Hospital, Downs Syndrome chromosome 21 gene analysis at L'Hopital Des Enfants Malades, Paris; welcomes successful bone marrow transplantation in genetic blood diseases and the significance of such remedies allied to somatic gene therapy relating to storage diseases and inborn errors of metabolism and central nervous system disorders such as Lesch Nyan Syndrome and Tay Sachs Disease; regrets that research at Hammersmith and St Mary's Hospitals, London, does not relate to the prevention, treatment or cure of severe handicap but concentrates on destroying affected embryos; observes that remedies based on such unsound medicine and poor genetic practice require, for optimum efficiency, the destruction of gene carriers, the parents rather than destruction of their offspring since as Motulsky demonstrated in 1971, destruction of embryos and foetuses affected by cystic fibrosis would require 1,250 years simply to have the gene frequency in the population because spontaneous mutation occurs in families with no previous history; records that in twenty years there have been no advances in treatment or cures for genetic diseases resulting from research on human embryos; condemns as cruel and premature unsubstantiated claims of success about embryo biopsy followed by normal live birth; and supports, unequivocally, legislation to ban research upon living human embryos'.

Original motion text

That this House welcomes pioneering research at Hammersmith Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital, London, into diagnosis and prevention of cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, brittle bone disease, Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome and other severe congenital disorders; notes that there are over 5000 children in institutions too severely handicapped with these and other disorders for their families to care for them; and abhors the possibility of legislation to ban this research.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Bennett, Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 1990
Pembroke
Benyon, Sir William
Conservative
Signed on 11 January 1990
Milton Keynes
Bevan, David Gilroy
Conservative
Signed on 2 April 1990
Birmingham, Yardley
Bowden, Sir Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 1989
Brighton, Kemptown
Bowis, John
Conservative
Signed on 8 January 1990
Battersea
Boyson, Sir Rhodes
Conservative
Signed on 13 March 1990
Brent North
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 12 January 1990
Canterbury
Bright, Sir Graham
Conservative
Signed on 5 February 1990
Luton South
Campbell-Savours, Mr Dale
Labour
Signed on 8 February 1990
Workington
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 12 January 1990
Stafford
Clark, Sir William
Conservative
Signed on 26 March 1990
Croydon South
Dicks, Terry
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 1990
Hayes and Harlington
Dover, Den
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 1990
Chorley
Dunn, Mr Bob
Conservative
Signed on 15 January 1990
Dartford
Fearn, Mr Ronnie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 January 1990
Southport
Greenway, Harry
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 1990
Ealing North
Gregory, Conal
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1990
York
Grylls, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 10 January 1990
North West Surrey
Hargreaves, Kenneth
Conservative
Signed on 8 January 1990
Hyndburn
Hayes, Jerry
Conservative
Signed on 14 February 1990
Harlow
Hind, Kenneth
Conservative
Signed on 10 January 1990
West Lancashire
Hume, Mr John
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 9 February 1990
Foyle
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 15 January 1990
Basingstoke
Janman, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 26 February 1990
Thurrock
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 10 January 1990
Gainsborough and Horncastle
Maginnis, Mr Ken
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 17 January 1990
Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Mallon, Mr Seamus
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 10 January 1990
Newry and Armagh
McAvoy, Mr Thomas
Labour
Signed on 9 January 1990
Glasgow, Rutherglen
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 January 1990
Mid Ulster
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 17 January 1990
South Down
Montgomery, Sir Fergus
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 1990
Altrincham and Sale
Mudd, David
Conservative
Signed on 8 January 1990
Falmouth and Camborne
Paisley, The Reverend Ian
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 19 January 1990
North Antrim
Pawsey, James
Conservative
Signed on 8 January 1990
Rugby and Kenilworth
Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 1990
Batley and Spen
Powell, William
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 1990
Corby
Redmond, Martin
Labour
Signed on 8 January 1990
Don Valley
Roe, Mrs Marion
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 1990
Broxbourne
Rossi, Sir Hugh
Conservative
Signed on 13 February 1990
Hornsey and Wood Green
Shelton, Sir William
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 1990
Streatham
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 20 December 1989
South Belfast
Summerson, Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 16 January 1990
Walthamstow
Thorne, Sir Neil
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 1990
Ilford South
Thornton, Sir Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 15 January 1990
Crosby
Walker, Sir Cecil
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 1 February 1990
North Belfast
Watts, John
Conservative
Signed on 31 January 1990
Slough
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 8 January 1990
Maidstone
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 1989
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 1989
Macclesfield

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.