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Cord Blood

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who has been consulted as part of his Department's review of the collection and use of cord blood; and if he will make a statement; (219358)

(2) when the findings of his Department's review of the collection and use of cord blood will be published.

The review on the collection and use of cord blood will report in the autumn and any findings will be published in due course.

As part of the review, an expert workshop was held on 28 May 2008. Participants included international cord blood experts, public and private cord blood banks, the royal colleges, regulatory agencies, research councils, charities and Government Departments. Further to this, a series of interviews and questionnaires have been completed by various individuals and organisations, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, who have an interest in this area.