To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list the tender board members involved in NHS England's national tender for (a) factor VIII and (b) factor IX haemophilia products; whether any of those board members represent (i) the Northern Ireland Executive and (ii) organisations involved in Northern Ireland; and whether that tender board has ever met in Northern Ireland.
We are informed by NHS England that, the membership of the tender award meetings for the most recent NHS England’s national tenders for factor VIII and factor IX, was made up of representatives of the United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors' Organisation, officials from NHS England, the Department of Health in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (or their associated procurement organisations), the Pharmaceutical Market Support Group and representatives of patient organisations. Not all organisations attend all meetings.
We can confirm that membership of the tender board on behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive and organisations involved in Northern Ireland was via a government official from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland procurement team. No meetings have been held in Northern Ireland. However, members have remote access, if required.