Written Questions On Contaminated Blood Inquiry

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My questions to the Department of Health on the contaminated blood inquiry

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to consult in Wales on establishing terms of reference for the inquiry into contaminated blood.

Jackie Doyle-Price MP: The Government has written to recipients of the ex gratia schemes which provide financial and other types of support to those affected by HIV and/or hepatitis C through treatment with National Health Service-supplied blood or blood products before September 1991, seeking their views on the scope, format and sponsorship of the inquiry. This includes recipients in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to work with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on setting the terms of reference for the inquiry into contaminated blood.

 Jackie Doyle-Price: The Government is working with the devolved administrations to ensure that they are fully consulted in developing the Terms of Reference for the inquiry into contaminated blood, particularly given the Government’s intention that the inquiry should cover the whole United Kingdom as the events in question pre-date devolution. UK Government officials are in regular contact with officials in the devolved administrations about the inquiry.