Surrogate Motherhood: Lone Parents

HM Treasury written question – answered on 19th July 2017.

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Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the conclusion of the report by the Surrogacy UK Working Group on Surrogacy Law, Surrogacy in the UK: Myth bashing and reform, published in November 2015, whether they continue to support the inclusion of a review of the law on surrogacy in the Law Commission's 13th programme of law reform; and whether they will commit to their own review of the law on surrogacy if the Law Commission does not take this forward.

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Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the conclusion of the report by the Surrogacy UK Working Group on Surrogacy Law, Surrogacy in the UK: Myth bashing and reform, published in November 2015, whether they continue to support the inclusion of a review of the law on surrogacy in the Law Commission's 13th programme of law reform; and whether they will commit to their own review of the law on surrogacy if the Law Commission does not take this forward.

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It is the Government’s intention to lay the remedial order, which will allow single people to apply for a parental order in a surrogacy arrangement, after the summer recess. The order will include a provision to allow for retrospective application for a parental order by single people.

The Government supports the inclusion of a review of surrogacy legislation in the Law Commission’s 13th programme of law reform. The Department has not made any alternative plans for a review of surrogacy but would consider options carefully, if, for any reason, the Law Commission decides not to proceed.

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