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Lord Finsberg: My Lords, I am grateful to those who participated in the debate: my noble friend Lady Gardner and the noble Lord, Lord Rea. I, too, have views on opt-out but did not consider it right to put such a provision in the Bill.

I do not believe that talking to many relatives would disclose much about HIV. The sadness of HIV is kept very much inside the feelings of the individual. I do not think that it would help. I should have thought that the view now of the ethical committee of the BMA would have changed the point of view of the overwhelming majority of the medical profession.

With regard to the issue of grieving relatives perhaps I may tell the House that it had been agreed that when my first dear wife died her organs would be donated; but because she was so riddled with cancer there was no possibility of that. However, I am bound to say that I should not have put my feelings above her wishes. Anyone who tries to say that he or she would do so is, I think, being very insincere and very unfair.

I am grateful for the general interest and support. I hope that the Bill will be given a Second Reading and will proceed. I hope also that the less than enthusiastic point made by my noble friend the Minister may, by discussion, possibly be changed in time for the Bill to become law. I commend the Bill to the House.

On Question, Bill read a second time and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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