§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the NHS organ donor register was launched; and when the first advertisements appeared inviting potential donors to register;
(2) how many people have registered with the NHS organ donor register since its launch;
(3) when the NHS organ donor register will be fully operational;
(4) when the registration forms for the NHS organ donor register were first available.
§ Mr. Sackville
The national health service organ donor register was launched on 6 October 1994. Registration forms were available from that date. Over 4 million have been issued since that date and have been available in main post offices, libraries, chemists and other public places. The first advertisements appeared in the national press the following week. About 250,000 people have registered with it at present and numbers are growing rapidly.