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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation his Department had with interested parties to inform the drafting of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in 2007; and what form such consultation took in each case. (203447)

The Government announced a review of the law on assisted reproduction and embryo research in January 2004, and in drafting the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2007, have taken account of the views of a wide range of interested parties. Following an inquiry and evidence gathering by the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee into human reproductive technologies and the law, the Department launched a public consultation exercise which ran from 16 August to 25 November 2005. A total of 535 responses were received from a wide range of stakeholders organisations and members of the public. A White Paper setting out the Government’s policy proposals was published in December 2006, followed by publication of draft legislation for pre-legislative scrutiny by a Joint Committee of both Houses in May 2007. Revised in the light of the Joint Committee’s report, the Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 8 November 2007.