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Our Ref: FOI70302 20 May 2011 You ask, following the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the case of Dickson and Another v United Kingdom (Application No 44362/04), what information the Ministry of Justice holds on prisoners who have sought, subsequently, to exercise the right to conceive a child through artificial insemination, and how many such requests have been granted. You also ask how many prisoners have applied for an attempt at artificial insemination since the ruling, how many requests were granted, and in which years the approvals were given. I can confirm that the Department holds the information you are seeking. Since 4 December 2007, 22 prisoners have applied for permission to gain access to artificial insemination facilities. Five of those applications remain under consideration. Of the 22 applications which have been received one applicant has been granted access to artificial insemination facilities since 2007. The decision to grant this request took place in 2011. NOMS is not paying for this treatment. Any costs that may be incurred will be the responsibility of the prisoner and his partner. Information on the documents required from the prison along with the application can be found in PSO 2510 Prisoner’s Request Complaints Procedure on the MoJ website at the following address: http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/guidance/prison-probation-and- rehabilitation/psipso/PSO_2510_prisoners_requests_and_complaints_procedures.doc National Offender Management Service (NOMS) holds applications and any supporting documents centrally.
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