§ Mr. Home Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State Scotland if he will make a statement on the shortfall between organs available for transplant and the need for such organs; and if he will indicate how many potential recipients are likely to die because donor organs are not available, over the most convenient period.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
It is not possible to estimate how many patients are likely to die because donor organs are not available. The number of organs available for transplant fluctuates significantly from time to time. The balance between the need for organs and the number available also varies, depending also on such factors as whether a suitable match between recipient and donor can be found.