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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 10th June 2008

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords]


 

(Except Clauses 4, 11, 14 and 23, Schedule 2, and any new Clauses or new Schedules relating


 

to the termination of pregnancy by registered medical practitioners)


 

[fifth and sixth Sittings]


 

Clause 24, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Withdrawn  38

 

Clause  25,  page  26,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘(za)    

the disclosure is made—

 

(i)    

on clinical grounds, as part of the patient’s medical care, to a

 

practitioner who is bound by the ordinary duty of patient

 

confidentiality, or

 

(ii)    

in order to ensure the safety of medical treatment which the

 

patient is to receive outside of licensed premises.’.

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  45

 

Clause  25,  page  26,  leave out lines 22 to 41 and insert—

 

‘(g)    

the disclosure is made so that no individual can be identified from the

 

information,

 

(h)    

the disclosure is of information other than identifying donor information

 

and is made with the consent required by section 33AB,’.

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  46

 

Clause  25,  page  26,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

‘(ja)    

the disclosure—

 

(i)    

is made by a person who is satisfied that it is necessary to make

 

the disclosure to avert an imminent danger to the health of an

 

individual (“P”),

 

(ii)    

is of information falling within section 31(2)(a) which could be

 

disclosed by virtue of paragraph (h) with P’s consent or could be

 

disclosed to P by virtue of subsection (10), and

 

(iii)    

is made in circumstances where it is not reasonably practicable

 

to obtain P’s consent,’.


 
 

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Dr Evan Harris

 

Not called  150

 

Clause  25,  page  27,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(v)    

the disclosure is made in order to ensure the safety of medical treatment

 

which the patient is to receive outside of licensed premises.’.

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Not called  151

 

Clause  25,  page  27,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(v)    

the disclosure is made, on clinical grounds, as part of the patient’s

 

medical care, to a practitioner who is bound by the ordinary duty of

 

patient confidentiality.’.

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  47

 

Clause  25,  page  27,  leave out lines 38 to 50.

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  48

 

Clause  25,  page  28,  leave out lines 1 and 2.

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  49

 

Clause  25,  page  28,  line  7,  leave out from ‘of’ to ‘or’ in line 12 and insert

 

‘identifying donor information,’.

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  50

 

Clause  25,  page  28,  leave out lines 18 to 30.

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  51

 

Clause  25,  page  28,  line  36,  leave out ‘treated together with another’ and insert

 

‘who is treated together with, or gives a notice under section 37 or 44 of the Human

 

Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 in respect of, another’.

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  52

 

Clause  25,  page  28,  leave out lines 39 and 40.

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  53

 

Clause  25,  page  28,  line  45,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In this section “identifying donor information” means information enabling a

 

person to be identified as a person whose gametes were used in accordance with

 

consent given under paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 for the purposes of treatment

 

services or non-medical fertility services in consequence of which an identifiable

 

individual was, or may have been, born.’.


 
 

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Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  54

 

Clause  25,  page  28,  line  45,  at end insert—

 

‘33AB

   Consent required to authorise certain disclosures

 

(1)    

This section has effect for the purposes of section 33A(2)(h).

 

(2)    

Subject to subsection (5), the consent required by this section is the

 

consent of each individual who can be identified from the information.

 

(3)    

Consent in respect of a person who has not attained the age of 18 years

 

(“C”) may be given—

 

(a)    

by C, in a case where C is competent to deal with the issue of

 

consent, or

 

(b)    

by a person having parental responsibility for C, in any other

 

case.

 

(4)    

Consent to disclosure given at the request of another shall be disregarded

 

unless, before it is given, the person requesting it takes reasonable steps

 

to explain to the individual from whom it is requested the implications of

 

compliance with the request.

 

(5)    

In the case of information which shows that any identifiable individual

 

(“A”) was, or may have been, born in consequence of treatment services,

 

the consent required by this section does not include A’s consent if the

 

disclosure is necessarily incidental to the disclosure of information

 

falling within section 31(2)(a).

 

(6)    

The reference in subsection (3) to parental responsibility is—

 

(a)    

in relation to England and Wales, to be read in accordance with

 

the Children Act 1989;

 

(b)    

in relation to Northern Ireland, to be read in accordance with the

 

Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995;

 

(c)    

in relation to Scotland, to be read as a reference to parental

 

responsibilities and parental rights within the meaning of the

 

Children (Scotland) Act 1995.’.

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Not called  37

 

Clause  25,  page  28,  leave out line 46 to line 8 on page 29.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 26 Agreed to.

 


 

Mark Simmonds

 

Withdrawn  155

 

Clause  27,  page  31,  line  13,  leave out ‘revocation or’.


 
 

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Mark Simmonds

 

Negatived on division  156

 

Clause  27,  page  31,  line  26,  at end insert ‘set out in regulations laid in draft before

 

and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.’.

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Not called  157

 

Clause  27,  page  31,  line  38,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 28 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 5 Agreed to.

 


 

Mark Simmonds

 

Not moved  158

 

Clause  29,  page  32,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

After subsection (4) insert—

 

“(4A)    

A person convicted under subsection (1)(2) or (3) of this section shall be

 

prohibited from being granted a licence for any of the activities licensed

 

under this Act for a period of five years from the date of their

 

conviction.”.’.

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Withdrawn  173

 

Clause  29,  page  33,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(10B)    

It is a defence for a person (“the defendant”) charged with an offence of doing

 

anything which, under section 3(1) or (1A), 4(1)(a) or 4A(2), cannot be done

 

other than in pursuance of a licence, to prove that at the material time the

 

defendant believed on reasonable grounds that what they did was not something

 

to which the Act applied.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Not selected  119

 

Clause  30,  page  34,  line  12,  at end insert ‘section 3ZA(5A)’.

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  55

 

Clause  30,  page  34,  line  14,  leave out ‘4A(5)(e) or (10)’ and insert ‘4A(4A) or

 

(10)’.

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Withdrawn  174

 

Clause  30,  page  34,  line  14,  at end insert ‘section 20A; section 20B;’.


 
 

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Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  56

 

Clause  30,  page  34,  line  21,  leave out ‘, 3(5)’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Not moved  153

 

Clause  31,  page  34,  line  32,  leave out paragraph (a).

 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  57

 

Clause  31,  page  34,  leave out lines 34 and 35.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 32 to 34 Agreed to.

 


 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Withdrawn  171

 

Clause  35,  page  36,  line  19,  after ‘then’, insert ‘unless W is a surrogate mother

 

within the meaning of section 1(2) of the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985 and’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 36 to 39 Agreed to.

 


 

Dawn Primarolo

 

Agreed to  58

 

Clause  40,  page  39,  line  15,  leave out ‘a’ and insert ‘the’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 41 Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill-[ [], continued

 
 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Not called  172

 

Clause  42,  page  40,  line  4,  after ‘then’, insert ‘unless W is a surrogate mother

 

within the meaning of section 1(2) of the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 43 and 44 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Tom Clarke

 

Not moved  154

 

Clause  45,  page  41,  line  4,  leave out subsection (1).

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

[Adjourned till Thursday at 9.00 a.m.


 
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