In response to an urgent question from Diana Johnson MP today, the Government stated that a chair for the Contaminated Blood inquiry will be appointed ‘very shortly’.
Chloe Smith MP responded on behalf of the Government saying that it was an appalling tragedy that shouldn’t have happened and that people deserve answers. She welcomed the work of the APPG on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood, of which she has been an officer and been active in the work of, in pushing for the inquiry.
The results of the DH launched consultation on the inquiry have been considered by Cabinet Office officials, who have met further with the affected community and who be the sponsoring department for the inquiry. Once the chair has been appointed they will then consult with the affected community on the terms of reference.
The government will ensure the inquiry has the resources it needs but it will be for the chair of the inquiry to ensure that all affected families across the UK are able to engage with the inquiry. The full scope of the inquiry will be confirmed and then presented to the House of Commons once the chair has worked with the affected community and proposed a terms of reference.