Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Questions (149, 150)

Alan Kelly

Question:

149. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health when the proposed finalised legislation on assisted human reproduction will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18230/18]

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Alan Kelly

Question:

150. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health if the proposed legislation on assisted human reproduction will be passed by the end of 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18231/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 and 150 together.

The Government approved the drafting of a Bill on assisted human reproduction (AHR) and associated areas of research in October last year. The General Scheme is published on my Department’s website. In addition, the Joint Committee on Health is currently conducting a review of the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017 as part of the pre-legislative scrutiny process, which began in January of this year.

The introduction of legislation in relation to AHR and associated research is a priority for me and officials in my Department are engaging with the Office of the Attorney General in relation to the process of drafting this Bill. However, it is not possible at this time to give a definitive timeline for the completion of the draft Bill and its subsequent passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Questions Nos. 151 and 152 answered with Question No. 147.