Blood: Contamination

Health written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what plans her Department has to submit (a) written evidence and (b) oral evidence from (i) Ministers, (ii) civil servants and (iii) NHS staff to the independent public inquiry chaired by Lord Archer into contaminated blood and blood products; and if she will make a statement;

(2) whether her Department has been asked to provide (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) NHS staff as witnesses for oral evidence in the independent public inquiry chaired by Lord Archer into contaminated blood and blood products; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Lord Archer of Sandwell wrote to the Secretary of State for Health in February to invite the Department to give evidence at the independent inquiry.

Officials met with members of the inquiry team on 25 April 2007 to discuss what information the Department may be able to provide to the inquiry. We have made available a recently completed document on the "Review of Documentation Relating to the Safety of Blood Products 1970-1985 (Non A Non B Hepatitis)", and the supporting references. Copies of the document are available in the Library.

Officials continue to liaise with the secretary to the inquiry team.

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