asked Her Majesty's Government:
In the light of the recent review of the National Health Service by Lord Darzi of Denham, whether they will extend the proposals to speed up the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence appraisals process for new therapeutic drugs to the assessment of vaccines. [HL4762]
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is responsible for assessing vaccines. Its Terms of Reference are:
“To advise the Secretaries of State for Health, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on matters relating to communicable diseases, preventable and potentially preventable through immunisation”.