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Health: Contaminated Blood Products

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will hold a public inquiry into the deaths of haemophiliacs who have died because of transfusions of blood products contaminated with HIV or Hepatitis C. [HL2284]

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What consideration they have given to the decision of Lord Mackay of Drumadoon in the Court of Session to overturn the ruling of the Lord Advocate not to hold a full public inquiry into the deaths of haemophilia patients through contaminated National Health Service blood products on the ground that the decision was not compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights; and what are the implications of the ruling for National Health Service patients elsewhere in the United Kingdom. [HL2387]

The decision of Lord Mackay was against the Scottish Government and it is for the Scottish Government to consider how to respond to it.