To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) what estimate he has made of the likely financial savings to the public purse of the Care Quality Commission taking over IVF regulation;
(2) whether his Department has carried out an assessment of the effectiveness of the Care Quality Commission overseeing IVF regulation;
(3) what assessment he has made of the effect of the funding for the Care Quality Commission on its ability to oversee IVF regulation.
The Department plans to consult shortly on proposals to transfer functions, including in vitro fertilisation regulation, from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to other bodies. Alongside our proposals, we will publish a consultation impact assessment. These documents will set out our rationale for transferring functions from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, including what can be gained in relation to effectiveness and financial savings. We would ensure that in any subsequent transfer of functions, the organisation that took on functions would be funded appropriately.