Report Stage

Report stage of the HFE Bill is due to start in the Commons on 14th July.

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Committe Stage Ends Early

The Committee Stage of the HFE Bill was due to finish by Tuesday 17th June. It actually concluded it business early on 12th June. The Bill will now proceed to Report Stage in the Commons.

Full Hansard for the Committee sittings can be found here:

* 8th sitting 12 June 2008 (afternoon)
* 7th sitting 12 June 2008 (morning)
* 6th sitting 10 June 2008 (afternoon)
* 5th sitting 10 June 2008 (morning)
* 4th sitting 5 June 2008 (afternoon)
* 3rd sitting 5 June 2008 (morning)
* 2nd sitting 3 June 2008 (afternoon)
* 1st sitting 3 June 2008 (morning)

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill Committee Debates

The latest HFE Bill debates are availble to view here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmpbhuman.htm

Available:

Report of proceedings

  6th sitting 10 June 2008 (afternoon)
  5th sitting 10 June 2008 (morning)
  4th sitting 5 June 2008 (afternoon)
  3rd sitting 5 June 2008 (morning)
  2nd sitting 3 June 2008 (afternoon)
  1st sitting 3 June 2008 (morning)

HFE Bill Proceedings Committee Stage

The House of Commons Committee Proceedings from 3rd June are available here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmbills/070/pb0700603p.1-6.html

Fertility expert opposes the use of the HFEA information register for all treatments

Fertility expert, Alison Murdoch, says that there is not a need for the names of couples whose IVF treatment does not result in a pregnancy to be put on the HFEA information register.

For more information see here: Briefing on Information Register

Committee members for HFE Bill selected

Membership of the Public Bill Committee for the HFE Bill has been anounced. The Speaker has appointed Mr Roger Gale and Mr Jim Hood Chairmen of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] Committee; and the Committee of Selection has nominated seventeen Members to serve on the Committee: Dr Ian Gibson, Patrick Hall, Dr Evan Harris, Dr Brian Iddon, Helen Jones, Robert Key, Steve McCabe, Chris McCafferty, Laura Moffatt, Julie Morgan, Mike Penning, Dawn Primarolo, Dr John Pugh, Mark Simmonds, Mr Gary Streeter, Dr Desmond Turner and Jeremy Wright.

More can be found in Appendix II here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmvote/80520v01.htm

Abortion limit to stay at 24 weeks

Bids to reduce the abortion limit to 22, 20, 16, or 12 weeks were rejected in the Commons yesterday. MPs voted to keep the current limit at 24 weeks.

Hansard available here: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2007-08/humanfertilisationandembryology.html