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Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will print in the Official Report the text of Her Majesty's Government's advice to undertakers on the handling of bodies of AIDS victims.

The Health and Safety Executive's advisory committee on dangerous pathogens has published "Advice to be given to Undertakers and Relatives" in appendix 3 of its document "LAV/HTLVIII —the causative agent of AIDS and related conditions—Revised Guidelines" (June 1986). In addition, I understand that the Health and Safety Executive has offered advice to the National Association of Funeral Directors which has produced its own code of health and safety for the funeral service. Copies of the 1986 guidelines are in the Library.