§ Lord Alton of Liverpool
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How they intend to reflect the special status of the human embryo when regulating embryo research. [HL793]
§ Lord Hunt of Kings Heath
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2001 place conditions on the circumstances in which human embryos can be used in research. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority may grant licences for research involving embryos only if it assesses that the proposed use of embryos is necessary for the purposes of the research and that the research is necessary or desirable for the purposes of promoting advances in the treatment of infertility; increasing knowledge about the causes of congenital disease; increasing knowledge about the causes of miscarriages; developing more effective techniques of contraception or developing methods20WA
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath)
The Department of Health has not provided any funding to Marie Stopes International, International Planned Parenthood Federation, British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the Pregnancy Advisory Service (which is no longer in existence) or the United Nations Population Fund in any of the past five years. Funding has been given to the organisations shown in the table.
Funding for Brook Advisory Centres includes funding for various projects and core funding under the Section 64 General Scheme (Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968) to support the central office of this organisation for the purpose of reproductive health services and advice for young people aged under 25. Funding for the fpa includes funding for various projects and Section 64 funding to support the central office of the organisation. Funding for the Contraceptive Education Service is for the purposes of providing reproductive health advice and information to the public and health professionals. Funding for Education for Choice was to support specific projects for the purposes of education on pregnancy choices and funding for Fertility UK was Section 64 funding to support the central office of this organisation for the purposes of family planning.
for detecting the presence of gene or chromosome abnormalities in embryos before implantion; increasing knowlege about the development of embryos; increasing knowledge about serious disease or enabling any such knowledge to be applied in developing treatments for serious disease.