MPs debate “Three-person IVF” (again)

On Monday 1 September, MPs took part in the debate Mitochondrial Replacement (Public Safety), scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee and led by Fiona Bruce, (Congleton, Con).  The introduction of Regulations to permit the selective use of mitochondrial transfer was discussed in the Westminster Hall debate on 12 March 2014, reported here, where for the government, Jane Ellison, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, confirmed that that the regulations will be subject to the affirmative procedure and will be debated it in full on the Floor of the House.

However, neither debate forms part of the formal process of introducing the necessary Regulations under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, a draft version of which is included as Annex B to the Department of Health consultation.  The Government response to the consultation was published in July 2014 and states: Continue reading