Health: Contaminated Blood Products

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th October 2009.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 June (WA 14) saying "the department has contacted the Whips' Office about a further debate on the Government's response to the Archer report", on what date or dates there was any previous debate on the Government's response to the report since the Written Statement by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 May (WS 121—22) reporting their response to the House of Lords; who from the Department of Health contacted the Whips' Office; in what terms the approach was made; and whether "Whips' Office" means the Government Whips Office or all the whips' offices.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Labour

Since 20 May 2009, no debate has been held in the House of Lords on the Government's response to Lord Archer's independent inquiry into National Health Service (NHS) supplied contaminated blood and blood products. The reference to "further debate" in a previous reply (WA 14) was intended to relate to the most recent request for a debate on Lord Archer's report following the one secured on 23 April 2009, and the debates in the Lords on this issue during the Committee and Report stages of the Health Bill, as opposed to any debate specifically on the Government's response to Lord Archer's report.

The department approached the Government Whips' Office by telephone to discuss a further debate in light of what was said in the Health Bill debate. It is for the Government Whips' Office to decide on the order of debates and other business in the House.

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