§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement concerning the level of charges for licences to practice to be levied by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on small clinics which currently offer in vitro fertilisation to couples; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, North-East (Mr. Thurnham) on 17 July 1991 at column194.
The fee structure is designed so that fees are based on the amount of treatment activity at a treatment centre. Smaller centres pay less than larger ones.