Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Ceisteanna (875, 937)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

875. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the timeline for the passing of the assisted human reproduction Bill. [19379/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

937. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health when the assisted human reproduction Bill will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19611/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 875 and 937 together.

In October 2017, the Government approved the drafting of a Bill on assisted human reproduction (AHR) and associated areas of research, based on the published General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health is currently conducting a review of the General Scheme as part of the pre-legislative scrutiny process, which began in January of last year. The Joint Committee intends to report thereon before the summer recess and the recommendations in its report will be considered during the ongoing process of drafting this Bill in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General. 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.