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Human Fertilisation And Embryology Authority

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the sixth edition of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's Code of Practice will be implemented; [119964](2) how many responses have been received by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on their current code of practice. [119966]

[holding answer 17 June 2003]: Consultation on the sixth edition of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) code of practice will close on 8 August 2003. The HFEA hopes to publish the new edition for implementation by clinics in the autumn.The current code of practice was published in June 2001. The HFEA consulted stakeholders in clinics and professional bodies on the content of the code prior to publication.

[holding answer 9 June 2003]: The data are shown in the tables.The figures given for Finished In-Year Admissions should be used to replace those that I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Bridgend (Win Griffiths) on 3 June 2003,

Official Report, column 20, which contained a definitional error and did not take account of improved methodology in compiling the data. I have written to my hon. Friend to apologise for the inadvertent error.

Finished in-year admissions

Number of admissions

1997–9838,806
1998–9939,490
1999–200040,694
2000–0141,221
2001–0240,983

Note:

A finished in-year admission is that first episode of care in one health care provider, starting in the April to March period indicated.

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been (a) interviewed and (b) visited by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in each of the last four years. [119965]

[holding answer 17 June 2003]: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority does not collect statistics on the number of patients it interviews.