This was the film where our hero found himself living the same day over and over again, and falling into the same traps. And so it was in the Moses Room on Tuesday when we debated the proposed dismembering of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the Human Tissue Authority, and the transfer of their various functions into the Care Quality Commission and into another new medical research body, as yet unformed. (So much for the government’s desire to reduce the number of quangos – it can only be achieved by creating more . . .) And so I, and Baroness Warwick (chair of the HTA) and Baroness Thornton, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Lord Willis and some others repeated the well known arguments for keeping together the functions relating to IVF, clinic inspection, patient guidance, ethical decisions, the database of donors and treatments, and embryo research, and not placing them in different departments. Once again I pointed out that there would be no savings, for the HFEA costs £7m a year, of which all but less than £2m comes from the patients. The process would be no cheaper or less bureaucratic if placed in different quangos, but there is a risk to our international reputation for advanced stem cell research and good safe IVF. Moreover the public is very concerned about the treatment of embryos and related moral issues, and embryos do deserve special treatment. Earl Howe, for the government, seemed to move a little and indicated that there would be one, if not two consultations on the proposals before they were carried through. There may be faults in the way the HFEA carries out its work, but that is an argument for review, not reversal. Common sense must prevail and we will continue to press for the HFEA and the HTA to be removed from the butcher’s menu in the Public Bodies Bill.