§ Sir Raymond Gower
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome are known to have occurred in Wales; what specialist medical advice he has so far received; what consultation he has had with the blood transfusion centre at Rhydlafar, near Cardiff, regarding steps to be taken to ensure that blood donors are free of this disease; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
Three cases of AIDS have been diagnosed in Wales to date. Specialist medical advice is provided on AIDS by the chief medical officer at the Welsh Office and his professional staff who consult experts on this disease within the United Kingdom.486W
Officials at the Welsh Office are in constant contact with the consultant regional epidemiologist of the public health laboratory service, the director of the Welsh regional blood transfusion centre at Rhydlafar, and the department of haematology at the University of Wales college of medicine, and action has already been taken to ensure that all possible precautions are being observed.