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Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans his Department has made in the event of an AIDS epidemic among members of Her Majesty's forces; and if he will make a statement.

There is no indication that an epidemic among service personnel is likely. However, each service has a hospital which is designated as an AIDS reception centre. Patients will be treated in accordance with normal medical and nursing procedures.