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Blood: Contamination

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) correspondence and (b) meetings his Department has with the inquiry team of the independent public inquiry into contaminated blood products (i) prior to and (ii) subsequent to the beginning of the inquiry; on which dates such meetings occurred; and if he will make a statement. (256698)

A search of departmental records shows approximately 50 items of correspondence between the Department and the Independent Inquiry into Contaminated Blood and Blood Products.

Only one piece of correspondence dates from before the start of the inquiry (27 March 2007). This was a letter from Lord Archer to the Secretary of State dated 16 February 2007.

Officials from the Department attended four meetings with the Inquiry. These took place on 25 April 2007, 19 September 2007, 18 February 2008 and 12 June 2008. No meetings were held prior to the start of the inquiry.

The following table shows the main correspondence between the Department and the Inquiry team. The remaining items consisted of e-mails discussing administrative arrangements relating to meetings and the delivery of documents.

Date

Type

From

To

About

16 February 2007

Letter

Inquiry

Department of Health, Secretary of State

Inquiry being set up

30 March 2007

Letter

Department of Health, Minister of State

Inquiry

Reply to letter of 16 February 2007

10 February 2007

E-mail

Department of Health

Inquiry

E-mail providing information on the chronology of screening of blood donors

22 May 2007

Letter

Department of Health, Minister of State

Inquiry

Release of report “Review of documentation relating to the safety of blood products 1970 -1985 (non-A, non-B hepatitis)”

14 June 2007

Documents

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter plus copies of 20 volumes of official documents

10 July 2007

Documents

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter plus copies of 20 volumes of official documents

1 August 2007

Documents

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter plus copies of 20 volumes of official documents

22 August 2007

Letter

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter providing information on prion removal technologies

31 August 2007

Documents

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter plus copies of 20 volumes of official documents

22 August 2008

Letter

Inquiry

Department of Health

Reply to letter of 22 August 2007

5 September 2007

Documents

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter plus copies of 20 volumes of official documents

18 September 2007

E-mail

Department of Health

Inquiry

Clarifying an issue with private office correspondence

26 October 2007

Documents and Letter

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter plus copies of 20 volumes of official documents; Letter with copies of two further documents

2 January 2008

Documents

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter with copies of six official documents

28 March 2008

Documents

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter with copies of three official documents

1 April 2008

Documents

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter with copies of three official documents

2 May 2008

Documents

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter with copy of one official document

16 June 2008

E-mail

Department of Health

Inquiry

E-mail providing information on the timetable for heat-treatment

8 October 2008

Letter and Documents

Department of Health

Inquiry

Letter with copies of 10 official documents

16 October 2008

Letter

Inquiry

Department of Health

Reply to letter of 8 October 2008