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Embryology

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 6 May (WA 117), whether the Horizon Scanning Panel of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) ensures that the HFEA is aware of potential licence applications and is prepared with an authority policy or position, as currently stated on the HFEA website. [HL3484]

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised me that its Horizon Scanning Panel is aware of potential licence applications and informs the authority accordingly.

The latest horizon scanning report can be found on the HFEA's website at www.hfea.gov.uk/157.html.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 6 May (WA 117), in what circumstances a licence application might be viewed more favourably when under consideration by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority than when submitted to a research council for funding. [HL3485]

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised me that it cannot comment on a research council's criteria for awarding funding to research projects.

The HFEA may issue a research licence only for the purposes outlined in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2001. A licence committee of the HFEA would refuse a research licence application if it was not satisfied that the proposed research was necessary or desirable for one of the prescribed purposes and that the use of an embryo was necessary.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 6 May (WA 117), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority would decline to grant a potential licence or would revoke a current licence if the ultimate aims of a potential or current licensee's work included any use of nuclear transfer in reproduction, or if the project would not derive stem cells for use in treatments. [HL3486]

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has informed me that the granting or revocation of a licence would be considered with reference to the requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2001.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 6 May (WA 117), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) proposes to reiterate public comments made by the former HFEA chair in January 2004 about Dr P M Zavos's work; and, if so, when. [HL3553]

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised me that it sees no need to reiterate the public comments made by its former chair in January 2004.