§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Health for each National Health Service region, what was the cost of purchases of blood and blood products(a) external to the region, and (b) from outside the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Dorrell
[holding answer 23 May 1990]: The cost of blood for those regions which were net receivers from regional transfusion centres elsewhere in the United Kingdom, for the financial year 1989–90, is given in the table. No blood is imported from outside the United Kingdom.
Information on the value of the blood products supplied by the bio products laboratory (formerly the blood products laboratory) is commercially sensitive. Information on the value of the blood products imported into the United Kingdom is not held centrally either for individual regions or in total.
Costs associated with blood supplied from other regions (net costs)1 Region £ Northern — Yorkshire — Trent — East Anglian 3,334
Region £ North-West Thames 81,091 North-East Thames 156,371 South-East Thames 439,208 South-West Thames — Wessex — Oxford — South Western — West Midlands — Mersey — North Western — Wales 1,429 1 The receiving region pays the supplying region a sum to cover its costs of collecting, processing and transport.