Countess of Mar: Questions for Written Answer: Lightning Process pilot study ethical approval

Countess of Mar: Parliamentary Questions for Written Answer: Lightning Process pilot study ethical approval


House of Lords Business

Questions for Written Answer [House of Lords]

Tabled on 21 October and due for answer by 4 November.


The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the decision by the South-West Research Ethics Committee to approve a pilot research study into the effects of the Lightning Process on children is consistent with the ethical guidance issued by the Medical Research Council to the effect that clinical trials should only include children where the relevant knowledge cannot be obtained by research on adults, and that research involving adults cannot provide the same benefits. HL3014


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Children should not be used as guinea pigs: Prof Robin Gill, Church Times (Lightning Process Pilot study):

House of Commons: Written answers and statements: Phil Parker Lightning Process:

Hansard Citation: HC Deb, 11 October 2010, c87W

11 Oct 2010 : Column 87W

Phil Parker Lightning Process

Written answers and statements, 11 October 2010

Annette Brooke [Mid Dorset and North Poole, Liberal Democrat]: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the research and development of the Phil Parker Lightning Process.[15725]

Paul Burstow [Minister of State (Care Services), Health; Sutton and Cheam, Liberal Democrat]: The Department has received representations, from individual members of the public and on behalf of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomylitis stakeholder groups, on research proposals associated with the Lightning Process.


Annette Brooke, MP, is Vice-chair of the newly reformed APPG on ME and has been active in a number of Parliamentary Public Bill Committees (formerly known as “Standing Committees”) representing the rights of children and families: