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Asked if the Prime Minister had had time to read up on the scientific evidence relating to abortion in the light of a question about the issue at PMQs today, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said no. The Prime Minister had been rather busy since PMQs, as journalists were no doubt well aware. For the avoidance of any doubt, however, the Prime Minister had not been signalling a change in Government policy on abortion. He had simply been underlining the point that this was an issue which, in the past, had been up to individual MPs to consider and that that was the way it would be in the future. As he had pointed out, the debate moved on as technology progressed. Asked if the Prime Minister had been indicating that there were plans to look again at the legislation, the PMOS said no. Asked if the Prime Minister would initiate any research into the subject, the PMOS said no. He would read through the existing research and evidence. Questioned as to whether the Government would support a Private Member’s Bill on abortion, the PMOS said that given the sensitivity of the issue, he did not think it would be wise to get drawn into a hypothetical discussion about it.

Asked the Prime Minister’s personal view on abortion, the PMOS said that he had not asked him. Put to him that the Prime Minister had voted to lower the legal limit from twenty-eight weeks to twenty-four weeks in 1990, the PMOS said he would not deny that was the case.

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