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Health: Contaminated Blood Products

Volume 694: debated on Thursday 26 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 7 June (WA 204), whether they will ensure that, should the independent public inquiry into contaminated blood and blood products chaired by Lord Archer of Sandwell need a Minister or senior departmental official or officials to give evidence, suitable arrangements will be made for them to do so. [HL4967]

As previously stated, officials have met with members of the inquiry team on 25 April 2007 to discuss what information the department may be able to provide to the inquiry. We have made available a recently completed document on the review of documentation relating to the safety of blood products 1970-1985 (non-A, non-B hepatitis), and the supporting references. These documents have been placed in the Library.

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 monthly batches. We have released a significant number of documents to the inquiry team.

Officials continue to liaise with the secretary to the inquiry team.