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In Vitro Fertilisation

Department of Health written question – answered on 7th November 2016.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 11 July 2016 (HL1098), which members of the expert panel convened by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) shared private and confidential correspondence with members of the HFEA Executive that had not been submitted to the Authority as part of any formal calls for evidence; and when the expert panel reviewed such information.

Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 1 June (HC38011 and HC38012), what assessment they have made of the adverse impact on the reputations of (1) the correspondents, and (2) members of the expert panel, of public disclosure of the correspondence; and what are their reasons for not publishing the personal email exchange.

Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 11 July 2016 (HL1098), whether the correspondence between Professor Grifo and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) expert panel was selectively released to anyone not directly connected with the HFEA; whether other information received by the HFEA has been selectively released to such persons but not otherwise made publicly available; and if so, what assessment they have made of the extent to which conflicts of interest might arise from the selective release of such material.

Photo of Lord Prior of Brampton Lord Prior of Brampton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised that it has nothing further to add, in respect of the correspondence between Professor Grifo and the expert panel, to that already set out in previous answers.

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