Prior to the Commons consideration of the Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] and the subsequent adjournment and lockdown of the parliamentary estate, a first readingwas given to Tim Farron’s Ten Minute Rule Bill, Terms of Withdrawal from the European Union (Referendum). A second reading was scheduled for Friday 12 May – although its chances of becoming law are zero. Continue reading →
Progress towards the application of mitochondrial donation
Following the 15 December announcement by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) that it had approved “the cautious use of mitochondrial donation in treatment”, we reviewed the progress since our October 2015 post, “Three-parent babies” in UK from today? and the further steps that are necessary before mitochondrial donation can is finally applied in practice in the UK. Continue reading →
On Monday 1 September, MPs took part in the debate Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety), scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee and led by Fiona Bruce, (Congleton, Con). The introduction of Regulations to permit the selective use of mitochondrial transfer was discussed in the Westminster Hall debate on 12 March 2014, reported here, where for the government, Jane Ellison, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, confirmed that that the regulations will be subject to the affirmative procedure and will be debated it in full on the Floor of the House.
However, neither debate forms part of the formal process of introducing the necessary Regulations under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, a draft version of which is included as Annex B to the Department of Health consultation. The Government response to the consultation was published in July 2014 and states: Continue reading →