HC Deb 06 March 1996 vol 273 c291W
Mr. Morley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring his Department conducts of the operation of the Human Fertility and Embryo Authority. [19158]

Mr. Horam

Under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is required to produce an annual report which is laid before Parliament. Between reports there is regular contact between Ministers, departmental officials and the authority. It is Government policy that all non-departmental public bodies should be reviewed after five years in existence. I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my hon. Friend the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Eltham (Mr. Bottomley) on 19 October 1995,Official Report, column 367, which announced that a full review by the Department of Health is now in progress.