Surrogacy

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 2017.

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Photo of Craig Williams Craig Williams Conservative, Cardiff North 12:00 am, 7th February 2017

What plans the Government have to bring forward new legislative proposals on surrogacy.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government recognise the value of surrogacy in helping people who cannot have children to create a family. Surrogacy legislation is now more than 30 years old. In view of changes across society, it is time for an independent review of the legislation, so we have asked the Law Commission to include a project about surrogacy in its proposed work programme for 2017 to 2019.

Photo of Craig Williams Craig Williams Conservative, Cardiff North

The Minister will be aware of the work of my constituent Nicola and Surrogacy UK, to which I pay tribute. I very much welcome the Minister’s answer, but will she say something specifically about the remedial order to address the situation for single parents, for which my constituent Nicola is waiting?

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

My hon. Friend has raised this difficult case with me before, and my sympathies go to his constituent. He is right that the High Court has judged that the current provisions for parental orders are discriminatory. The Government are obliged to act within a reasonable timescale, so we will be introducing a remedial order this spring. I am pressing for that to happen by May, but I am in the hands of the business managers. I shall keep the House and my hon. Friend updated.