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Human Tissues Act 1961 and Anatomy Act 1984

Lord McColl of Dulwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: This document was sent to many organisations, groups and individuals, including the Royal College of Surgeons, and we look forward to receiving their response.

Lord McColl of Dulwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

15 Oct 2002 : Column WA48

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: A consultative report, Human Bodies, Human Choices, was published by the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly government on 10 July 2002 as part of the review of the law on the removal, retention and use of human organs and tissue. Among the issues that the review seeks to address are the legal uncertainties concerning the interrelation between the Human Tissue Act 1961 and the Anatomy Act 1984.

It was because of these uncertainties, as well as the responses from some relatives under an earlier pilot, that Ministers decided not to proceed with a combined donation form that might have allowed people to donate their bodies under either Act.

Abortion

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many abortions have been performed in the United Kingdom since 1967 under the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967; how many of these, expressed as a total figure and as a percentage of the total number of abortions, have been performed in order to save the life of the pregnant woman under section 1(1)(c) of the Abortion Act 1967.[HL5855]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: In the years 1968 to 2001 inclusive there were 5.3 million abortions reported in England and Wales of which 39,000 (0.7 per cent.) were performed under section 1(1)(c) of the Abortion Act 1967 as amended.

Abortions performed in Scotland are a matter for the Scottish Executive.



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