Commons debate statutory instrument on mitochondrial donation

03 February 2015

MPs debated a motion to approve the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 in the House of Commons on Tuesday 3 February 2015.

MPs voted to approve the statutory instrument (Division no. 147, Ayes 382 votes, Noes 128 votes).

The instrument must be approved by the House of Commons and House of Lords before it can come into force.

Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015

The draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 were laid on 17 December 2014 under the affirmative procedure. The instrument must be approved by the House of Commons and House of Lords before it can come into force.

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The original Act (also known as primary legislation) would have provisions that allow for future delegated legislation to alter the law to differing degrees.

These changes range from the technical, like altering the level of a fine, to fleshing out Acts with greater detail; often an Act contains only a broad framework of its purpose and more complex content is added through delegated legislation.

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