HC Deb 20 May 1997 vol 294 cc56-7W
33. Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the policy guidance he issues to health authorities and NHS trusts on assisted conception. [436]

Ms Jowell

Two documents providing advice on fertility, including assisted conception, are available to the NHS, "Effective Health Care Bulletin on the Management of Subfertility", published by the National Health Service Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (1992); and "Infertility: Guidelines for Practice" published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (1992). Both documents are currently being reviewed and updated advice should be available later this year

In addition, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority issues a code of practice to those clinics licensed under the terms of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. A revised code of practice is currently being prepared.

Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his policy that assisted conception including in vitro fertilisation should be available free and universally in the national health service. [91]

Ms Jowell

We are reviewing our policy in this area, in the context of the wider issue of variations in health service provision.