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Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what funds are being made available to meet the costs of services for people with AIDS or HIV infection.

Since 1 April 1985, the Welsh Office has spent £920,000 on AIDS-related activities, mostly in the blood transfusion service. In addition, £300,000 is being provided on a recurrent basis to support district health authorities' efforts in prevention, testing and counselling. So far, the incidence of AIDS in Wales has been relatively low and DHAs have been meeting the costs of treatment. The implications of AIDS and of HIV infection for service provision will be kept under close examination in the light of the specific operational plans that DHAs are currently preparing.