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Human-Animal Hybrid Embryos

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 16 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the statutory authority is for the granting of a licence to examine human admixed embryos which have been stored in licensed premises for the purposes of investigating a suspected offence under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and whether regulations will be required to be made. (291430)

Human admixed embryos must be held at a centre licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority if they are being kept or used in connection with the investigation of, or proceedings for, an offence under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008). This requirement is provided for in section 4A(2)(c) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended). Using human admixed embryos includes examination of embryos.

There is no intention to make regulations concerning the keeping, examination or storage of human admixed embryos in connection with the investigation of, or proceedings for an offence under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended).