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Embryology

Volume 717: debated on Monday 8 February 2010

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 19 January (WA 224–5), when the Newcastle Fertility Centre began providing information to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on (a) the number of failed-to-fertilise eggs donated for use under licence R0152, and (b) the number used in the project. [HL1520]

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 5 January (WA 24–5) and 19 January (WA 224–5), whether oocytes that a researcher deems to be unsuitable would be erased from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's records of total oocyte usage. [HL1521]

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that in respect of failed-to-fertilise eggs used under research licence R1052, it has nothing further to add to the information given in my Written Answer of 19 January (WA 224-5).

The HFEA has also advised that it does not hold records on its register that could be amended in this way.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of treatment centres licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have installed IVF Witness; and what percentage of them did so in response to recommendations in HFEA inspection reports or instructions relayed by a licensing committee of the authority. [HL1634]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the number and nature of licence conditions or other sanctions used by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in response to incidents uncovered by HFEA inspections or reported directly by licensed centres that had not been brought to light by media attention; and what were the number and nature of sanctions used against licensed centres following coverage of incidents in the media. [HL1635]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have been suspended or charged with misconduct as described in the HFEA's document on Discipline Policy since it was issued in January 2007. [HL1636]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have been suspected of fraud or corruption according to information available to the HFEA director of resources or the assistant director. [HL1637]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals wishing to make an important disclosure have approached the chief executive of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), as described in the HFEA's document on Public Interest Disclosure; and what was the outcome of any such disclosures. [HL1638]

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that it does not hold a record of the particular witnessing system used in each licensed centre.

Information on the sanctions imposed by HFEA licence committees in response to adverse incidents is recorded in individual licence committee minutes and investigation reports. Specific information about the number and nature of licence conditions or other sanctions in response to incidents not brought to light by media attention, and the number and nature of sanctions following media coverage of incidents, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The HFEA has advised that since its document on discipline policy was issued in January 2007, no employees have been suspended from duty and there have been five cases of misconduct. In accordance with information collected since October 2007, none of its employees has been suspected of fraud or corruption. The HFEA has also advised that the interim chief executive has not been approached by anyone wishing to make a disclosure, as described in its document on Public Interest Disclosure produced in September 2006.