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Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 25 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps she will now take to produce in quantities, and make available, an antidote to those suffering from haemophilia, bearing in mind that there are large quantities of a suitable extract developed by doctors at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford. eight years ago.

I have already authorised the allocation of special finance of up to £0·5 million—about half of which would be recurring—to increase the existing production of Factor VIII, especially in the form of an anti-haemophilic globulin (AHG) concentrate, with the aim of making the National Health Service self-sufficient as soon as possible.