In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Alan Duncan replied:
- "Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges facing our generation. It is not just an environmental issue, but a social and economic one. There is now clear evidence of global warming; global temperatures rose by 0.6 degrees in the 20th century and the ten hottest years on record have all occurred since 1990. It is also true that the costs of global warming are increasing; extreme weather conditions are increasingly commonplace and global drought has doubled over the past 30 years and storm and flood losses in Britain cost £6.2 billion between 1998 and 2003, double the amount in the previous five years.
- I believe the need for action is urgent; in May last year, the national science academies of each G8 nation, together with those from Brazil, China and India, signed a joint statement on the need for a global response to climate change. They agreed not just on the fact of global warming, but on the need for urgent action. They argued that "It is vital that all nations identify cost-effective steps that they can take now, to contribute to substantial and long term reduction in net global greenhouse gas emissions.""
Animals in Medical Research
In 2006, Alan Duncan seconded Early Day Motion 1850: Animals in Medical Research which noted that "animal research is only permitted where there is no better alternative and that pain and suffering are minimised and balanced against the potential benefit to humans and animals", supported "the building of the new state of the art biomedical research laboratory at Oxford University", condemned "unlawful animal rights extremism, including any violence, harassment or intimidation of those associated with lawful animal research", and supported "the well-regulated use of animals in medical research".
In February 2015 Alan Duncan voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.
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