Contaminated Blood and Blood Products

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:51 am on 24th November 2016.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North 11:51 am, 24th November 2016

I agree with my right hon. Friend, who makes his point very well. We need to make sure that any new support scheme moves quickly. We need to get on with this. The previous Prime Minister, when he apologised on behalf of the nation 18 months ago, also allocated £25 million, but none of that has been spent yet, as I understand it. We need to make sure that a scheme is introduced as quickly as possible, although obviously with our concerns having being addressed. But absolutely the two things can run in parallel, and a Hillsborough-style panel inquiry would give people the opportunity of a truth and reconciliation inquiry. I still think it a key requirement if there is to be any real sense of justice and closure.