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Blood: Safety

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will release all remaining documents from those which were rediscovered by her Department referred to in the Review of Documentation relating to the Safety of Blood Products 1970 to 1985 before the end of the inquiry chaired by Lord Archer into contaminated blood and blood products; and if she will make a statement; (142679)

(2) how many of the documents rediscovered by her Department referred to in the Review of Documentation relating to the Safety of Blood Products 1970 to 1985 relate to the period after 1985; and if she will make a statement.

The review identifies that 20.5 per cent. of papers have been categorised as relating to self sufficiency. The focus of the review was 1970-85, and 90 per cent. of the documents related to this time period, just under 10 per cent. fell outside this timeline.

Lord Archer has been advised that the Department will release all papers identified in the review, in line with the Freedom of Information Act. The papers will be released to Lord Archer’s inquiry as quickly as possible, in batches on a monthly basis.