HC Deb 19 April 2000 vol 348 c1072 9.23 pm
Mr. Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

I am pleased to present a petition signed by 1,176 local people on the sensitive and sometimes heartbreaking issue of gaining equal access to fertility treatment.

The petition states: To the House of Commons, this petition of Shropshire and mid-Wales residents declares That with one in six couples seeking help for infertility at some time, there is an overwhelming need for better funding for this treatment on the NHS, the current provision of which is patchwork across Britain and very minimal in Shropshire and mid-Wales. The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State to ensure that adequate resources are available for infertility treatment and that access to this treatment should be on a fair and equitable basis across the country. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

To lie upon the Table.

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