Lord Winston

Labour - Life peer

Became Member: 18th December 1995


Lord Winston is not a member of any APPGs
Science and Technology Committee (Lords)
28th Jan 2021 - 31st Jan 2024
Science and Technology Committee (Lords)
22nd Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Joint Committee)
9th May 2007 - 8th Aug 2007
Science and Technology Committee (Lords)
28th Oct 1996 - 8th Nov 2006
Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I
6th Oct 1997 - 11th May 2001


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Winston has voted in 262 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lord Bethell (Conservative)
(26 debate interactions)
Lord Benyon (Conservative)
(20 debate interactions)
Lord Markham (Conservative)
(19 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(41 debate contributions)
Home Office
(13 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(8 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Health and Care Act 2022
(1,403 words contributed)
Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21
(1,274 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Winston, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.


1 Bill introduced by Lord Winston


A Bill to require the declaration relating to animal research to be placed on medicinal products' labels.

Lords - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Lords
Friday 25th October 2013

Lord Winston has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 10 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
20th Oct 2022
IVF
To ask His Majesty's Government how many women have had their eggs (oocytes) frozen in each year between 2014 and 2019.

The following table shows the number of patients storing their own eggs in each year from 2014 to 2019.

Year of treatment

Number of patients

2014

611

2015

906

2016

1,064

2017

1,209

2018

1,595

2019

1,937

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

Note:

The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 21 October 2022. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day are likely to change over time. Data shown includes patients storing their eggs for future use.

20th Oct 2022
IVF
To ask His Majesty's Government what provisions they have in place to ensure that children who were conceived following in vitro fertilisation, following oocyte freezing, receive medical follow up.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has no statutory role in the medical follow up for children conceived through in vitro fertilisation, including instances where thawed eggs are used in treatment. The HFEA’s expert Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee monitors new studies relating to assisted reproductive technologies, including any impact on children born from treatments. This can lead the HFEA to recommend new information for patients regarding the risks of any treatment.

19th Oct 2022
IVF
To ask His Majesty's Government, between 2014 and 2019, how many women receiving frozen or thawed eggs (oocytes) subsequently had a live birth at term; and of this number, how many foetal or neonatal abnormalities were reported.

The following table shows the number of live births and congenital abnormalities from treatments using patients thawed eggs from 2014 to 2019.

Live births at term

205

Congenital abnormalities

7

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

Notes:

  1. At term is provided as 37 weeks gestation or greater.
  2. The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 20 October 2022. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day are likely to change over time. Data shown includes only treatments using patients own thawed eggs.

19th Oct 2022
IVF
To ask His Majesty's Government, between 2014 and 2019, how many women undergoing a uterine transfer of one or more embryo(s) produced by fertilising a thawed egg had a positive pregnancy test; and how many pregnancies resulted in a spontaneous abortion (1) before 12 weeks of gestation, and (2) after 12 weeks of gestation.

This information is not held in the format requested. However, the following table shows the number of pregnancies and miscarriages from treatments using patients own thawed eggs from 2014 to 2019.

Pregnancies

286

Miscarriages

47

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

Notes:

  1. Positive pregnancy test is interpreted as instances where one or more foetal heart pulsation was recorded.
  2. The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 20 October 2022. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day are likely to change over time. Data shown includes only treatment using patients own thawed eggs.

19th Oct 2022
IVF
To ask His Majesty's Government, of the human eggs (oocytes) harvested between 2014 and 2019, how many of the fertilised eggs produced viable embryos suitable for uterine transfer; and how many embryos were transferred to the uterus for the purpose of producing a baby.

The following table shows the number of embryos created and transferred from patients’ own thawed eggs from 2014 to 2019.

Embryos created

7,257

Embryos transferred

1,685

Source: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

Notes:

1. Due to the way data is stored, the HFEA has advised that it cannot easily link egg storage cycles with a high degree of accuracy. Data is therefore provided as total embryos created or transferred within the required period, rather than a subset of eggs stored.

2. The data is as shown on the HFEA’s register database on 20 October 2022. This is a live database so these figures reflect the data on this day and are likely to change over time. Data shown includes only treatments using patients own thawed eggs.

19th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government how many UK clinics are licensed to undertake human oocyte freezing for clinical purposes.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised that there were 111 United Kingdom clinics licensed to undertake egg storage for clinical use in 2021/2022.

9th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many misdiagnoses have been recorded by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority following IVF with preimplantation diagnosis for a specific pathological mutation (1) at the preimplantation stage, and (2) following blastocyst biopsy.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority does not collect this information.

9th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what clinical, or other follow up, is being undertaken by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority of children born after (1) embryo biopsy and preimplantation genetic diagnosis of nuclear DNA, (2) chromosome analysis following preimplantation genetic screening, (3) egg and/or embryo cryopreservation, and (4) invitro culture and transfer of embryos at the blastocyst stage of development.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has not undertaken any clinical or other follow up in relation to the cohorts identified.

9th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK clinics have been granted a licence by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to undertake screening and treatment for mitochondrial disorders; how many patients at risk of producing a child with mitochondrial pathologies have undergone treatment using IVF and nuclear or spindle transfer; and how many births have been achieved following those treatments.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has granted a licence to one clinic, Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life, to undertake screening and treatment for mitochondrial disorders.

Five patients at risk of producing a child with mitochondrial pathologies have undergone treatment using in vitro fertilisation and nuclear or spindle transfer.

No births have been achieved following those treatments to date.