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Health: Contaminated Blood Products

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 May (WS 121–2), what level of additional discretionary funding will be made available to trustees for disbursement to widows and other dependants according to financial need. [HL4863]

Work is now under way by departmental officials to implement the Government's response to Lord Archer's report, which will include the level of funding to be made available for disbursement to widows and other dependants. No decision on this has yet been taken.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 June (WA 15) indicating that officials at the Department of Health did not meet the Macfarlane Trust to discuss financial or other details of the Government's response to Lord Archer of Sandwell's report prior to the publication of their response, whether their assessment of the average level of disbursement to the Macfarlane Trust's beneficiaries at £6,400 was the average level of disbursement to both the infected and non-infected beneficiary community. [HL4887]

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 June (WA 15) indicating that officials at the Department of Health did not meet the Macfarlane Trust prior to publication of the Government's response to the Archer report, whether the average level of disbursement to the Macfarlane Trust's infected beneficiary community was £8,600 in the financial year ended 31 March 2009, as represented in the submission from the Macfarlane Trust dated 1 July 2009. [HL4888]

I refer the noble Lord to my earlier reply (WA 15) which said that a broad indicator of the annual level of benefit currently available through the Macfarlane Trust was calculated by dividing the total number of beneficiaries both infected and non-infected into the total expenditure of the trusts, the result being an overall average of £6,400.

The Macfarlane Trust has made representations showing average disbursements to infected beneficiaries based on different denominators. Such calculations provide helpful, but broad, indicators of the typical level of benefit currently available to different categories of beneficiary.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 May (WA 121–2), when the Department of Health will respond as a whole to the written submission from the Macfarlane Trust dated 1 July regarding the implementation of that Statement; and when their response to the Macfarlane Trust will be published. [HL4889]

The Government have published their response to the recommendations in Lord Archer's report. Further helpful representations from the Macfarlane Trust have recently been received, and a reply will be given shortly.