§ Dr. Gibson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the decision to deny women cancer patients access to their stored eggs. 
§ Yvette Cooper
[holding answer 21 December 1999]: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is responsible under the terms of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 among other things for licensing decisions for the storage of human eggs. The Act provides for appeals to be made to the Authority in certain circumstances where an applicant is not satisfied with a licensing decision. I understand that an appeal will be heard by the Authority later this month.