Submission from the Lawyers' Christian
I am writing to inform you that the Lawyers'
Christian Fellowship has grave concerns about the legality of
the HFEA's decision that hybrid embryos come within the remit
of the HFEA under the 1990 Act. We have received an opinion from
Counsel on this matter and are in the process of looking very
carefully at the law surrounding this issue and the decisions
and action taken by the HFEA, in particular whether their actions
are ultra vires and therefore subject to judicial review
We understand that the HFEA has just begun a
consultation into this issue, but our concern is that in deciding
this issue is covered by the 1990 Act the HFEA has stepped outside
its remit and usurped the role of Parliament.
We will contact you again on this issue, but
intend by this letter to put you on notice that the HFEA may have
acted illegally by making this decision.
We would welcome the opportunity to give oral
evidence during your consultation on this matter.