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Swine Flu

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what quantities of pathogen-inactivated, a1H1N1-free blood products are held in the UK; whether his Department plans to adopt pathogen inactivation for all blood products for civilian and military use if the World Health Organisation designates the a1H1N1 outbreak a pandemic; and if he will make a statement; (276497)

(2) what his Department's plans are to ensure protection against the H1N1 strain of influenza type A; if he will take steps to ensure that UK blood stocks are H1N1-free; if his Department will fast-track consideration of pathogen inactivation for blood products by the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the written answers I gave the hon. Member for Colchester (Bob Russell) and the hon. Member for Brighton Kemptown (Dr. Turner) on 15 May 2009, Official Report, column 1084W.