London, UK -- PARENTS will be banned from selecting the sex of their babies for non-medical reasons as part of government plans for a shake-up of embryology regulation.
Caroline Flint, the health minister at Westminster, told MPs she was minded to introduce a "clear and specific ban" on the use of new techniques to choose a baby's gender.
Allowing parents to pick the sex for reasons such as "balancing" the make-up of their family might be a "slippery slope" to designer babies, she warned.
But Ms Flint admitted the ban would not prevent British people going abroad, where such practices were legal.
Giving evidence to the Commons science and technology committee, Ms Flint also indicated that rules allowing fertility clinics to block treatment for single women and lesbian couples would be scrapped.