In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Lindsay Hoyle voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks. After four separate parliamentary votes on varying time limits, the majority of MPs voted to keep the abortion time limit at 24 weeks, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.
In October 2009, Hoyle proposed Early Day Motion 2002: Re-Classifying of Health Supplements which stated that:
- That this House notes with concern that on 31 December European legislation will come into force overriding food standard laws of all member countries; further notes that widely used herbs, nutrients, homeopathic and other natural remedies are to be relabelled as requiring prescriptions for use, potentially causing an increased cost and time burden on the NHS, limiting the availability of commonly used health supplements, and impacting on UK health food businesses; and calls for the Government to take heed of a public petition submitted to Downing Street and urgently assess the domestic impact of this legislation.
Lindsay Hoyle has signed a number of Early Day Motions that support the use of herbal medicines. These include EDM 1103: Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (2005), EDM 2080: Herbal Remedies (2008), and EDM 295: Statutory Registration of Herbalists (2009).
Lindsay Hoyle was one of 79 MPs who signed Early Day Motion 377 noting the achievements of Charles Darwin, and calling for Darwin's birthday to be designated a public holiday to honour "one of the fathers of modern science and one of Britain's greatest, if not the greatest, scientific minds."
In December 2009, Lindsay Hoyle seconded Early Day Motion 524: Recognising Climate Change which states that "this House agrees that climate change is happening and is man-made" and calls this statement a "fact, which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the scientific community".
Libel Law Reform
In February 2010, Lindsay Hoyle signed the amended Early Day Motion 423A1 calling for a reform of the English libel law. The motion noted that human rights activists, scientists, writers and journalists are currently prevented from publishing, and the public prevented from reading, matters of strong public interest due to the chilling effect of the law. The amended version added a statement of the belief that "libel laws discriminate against average and low paid people when victims of defamatory comment in the pages of national publications".
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