§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action is taken by her Department when reports under the AIDS (Control) Act 1987 reports reveal a consistent lack of activity in any of the target audiences for HIV prevention;
(2) what use is routinely made of information collected through reports under the AIDS (Control) Act 1987.
§ Mr. Sackville
The AIDS (Control) Act reports serve a useful function in indicating trends in the spread of infection, the development of services and resources employed locally. The information collected assists in establishing whether policy priorities are being addressed. Reports are scrutinised by the Department and if gaps are revealed in any area of activity, this information together with any available research findings is used to inform the guidance issued annually to health authorities on future purchasing plans. Copies of the latest guidance, EL(94)19, are available in the Library.