HL Deb 04 November 2002 vol 640 c57WA
Baroness Masham of Ilton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is possible for women to adopt surplus embryos. [HL6126]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath:

If both the people who provided the gametes give their consent, embryos not needed in the treatment of an infertile couple may be donated to provide treatment for others. If a woman on her own seeks treatment with a donated embryo, the code of practice issued by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority sets out the factors which clinics should take into account, particularly the welfare of the child.