asked Her Majesty's Government:
What recent contact they have had with the private cord blood banking industry; and [HL4796]
What stakeholder meetings have taken place as part of the Department of Health review of cord blood; and [HL4797]
How much the review of cord blood has cost.[HL4798]
Departmental officials have been assisted in the cord blood review by the consultancy firm Technopolis Ltd. The total cost for this work will be £65,682.50.
As part of the review, an expert workshop was held on 28 May 2008 with nearly 40 delegates, including representatives from the Anthony Nolan Trust and the private cord blood banking industry.