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Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cycles of in-vitro fertilisation treatment were offered in (a) each regional health authority, (b) each primary care trust and (c) England in each of the last five years; (149111)

(2) what principal criteria are used to determine the availability of in-vitro fertilisation treatment in each primary care trust.

We do not currently collect this information on a routine basis. Clinical criteria for the provision of fertility services, including in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), are set out in the guideline on the assessment and treatment for people with fertility problems published in 2004 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. We are aware that most primary care trusts are providing at least one cycle of IVF and we are working with the patient support organisation Infertility Network UK to help primary care trusts share best practice in the provision of fertility services and engage with fertility patients in the planning and prioritisation of services.