Offenders (Blood Donorship)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st March 1977.

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Photo of Miss Janet Fookes Miss Janet Fookes , Plymouth Drake 12:00 am, 31st March 1977

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider the possibility of requiring suitable offenders to become blood donors as part of the repayment of their debt to society.

Photo of Miss Janet Fookes Miss Janet Fookes , Plymouth Drake

Will the Minister reconsider that answer, or at least consider this suggestion as an alternative under community service order projects?

Photo of Mr Brynmor John Mr Brynmor John , Pontypridd

No. The voluntary donation of blood is the principle upon which the National Transfusion Service has been based, and it is a principle that we would hot wish to change. However, I notice that the latter-day Portia has reversed "The Merchant of Venice". The Original Portia wanted flesh without blood: the hon. Lady wants blood without flesh.