HC Deb 23 July 1996 vol 282 cc224-5W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many human embryos will be unfrozen and destroyed on 1 August; and what arrangements he is making to ensure that they are disposed of in a respectful manner. [39035]

Mr. Horam

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 25 June,Official Report, columns 85–86. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is compiling figures on contacts made by the clinics with couples whose embryos have been store since before 1 August 1991. This information will not be complete until after 31 July.

Guidance on disposal arrangements is given in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's code of practice.