§ Mr. Michael Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what action is being taken to ensure the United Kingdom is self-sufficient in blood products.
§ Mr. Newton
Scotland and Northern Ireland are self-sufficient in all blood products. England and Wales are already self-sufficient in many. To ensure complete self-sufficiency a new blood products laboratory has been built at Elstree at a cost of £60 million. The new factory was officially opened on 29 April 1987. Production is expected within the next few months leading to very substantial output in 1988 and self-sufficiency in 1989.