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House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of research by the Institute of Psychiatry, at King’s College London, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association regarding the risks of intellectual impairment to children born following IVF treatments for male infertility; whether they intend to ensure that those seeking such treatments are aware of that research; and what action they intend to take in response to it.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

I refer the noble Lord to the Written Answer I gave on 15 July 2013, Column: WA87.

It is a requirement of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, as amended, that patients are provided with full information about the treatment that they are proposing to undergo, including any risks or side effects that may be associated with it.

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