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Contaminated Blood and Blood Products Inquiry

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of the documents rediscovered by his Department in 2007 relating to the safety of blood products have been (a) publicly released and (b) released to the Archer inquiry; and if he will make a statement. (240430)

Some 4,500 documents were discovered in unregistered files. With the exception of a small number withheld under exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act, these documents were issued to Lord Archer’s inquiry between June-October 2007 and then placed on the Department’s website.

In total 18 documents were withheld entirely, and 17 documents partly withheld, under the following exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act:

Exemption

Document withheld

Part of document withheld

Total documents wholly or partly withheld

Section 38—Health and Safety

1

9

10

Section 40—Personal information

3

6

9

Section 42—Legal professional privilege

8

1

9

Section 43—Commercial interests

6

1

7

Total

18

17

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