Embryology

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 January (WA 337), what have been the costs to date incurred by the Consent Order described in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's press statement of 13 October 2008; and whether any additional costs were incurred by the Authority in the form of professional and administrative fees.

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 January (WA 337), whether the cited costs take account of a failed disciplinary action against Dr Mohamed Taranissi that had been brought before the General Medical Council; and what role was played by any members of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in those proceedings.

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 January (WA 337), whether any costs were paid to Charles Lewington for services to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; and, if so, what were the associated costs and the nature of any services provided.

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 January (WA 337) regarding employment by the Department of Health of a former member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) responsible for the warrant and overturned licensing decision, (a) what were the subsequent responsibilities of the individual concerned when employed as Director of Public Health Performance and Delivery; (b) whether an increase in salary was associated with this position compared to the individual's previous earnings when employed by the HFEA; and (c) what judgments had been made regarding the previous performance of this individual during the course of judicial proceedings.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Government Whip, Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The responsibilities of the Director of Public Health Performance and Delivery included:

strengthening the strategic coordination of public health; sexual health; social marketing principles; drug abuse and blood-borne disease; stop smoking services/sale and promotion of tobacco products; and analytical input into health improvement and public health delivery.

There was no increase in salary associated with this position compared to the individual's previous earnings when employed at the HFEA.

No judgments have been made by the Department of Health on the individual's performance during judicial proceedings.

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