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Health: Blood Donation

Volume 700: debated on Tuesday 25 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the ban on gay men donating blood in the United Kingdom is compatible with the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007. [HL2498]

The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 (Statutory Instruments No. 1263) came into force on 30 April 2007. During the drafting of these regulations, consideration was given to the matter of blood donation from gay men.

This led to specific provision being made in the regulations, which are available at