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The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry

The Terms of Reference of a Statutory Public Inquiry define the scope of the Inquiry’s investigations. The Chair will be consulting on the Terms of Reference in the next couple months. This is the first important step in the setup of the inquiry and it is vital that the whole affected community has input.

Effective Terms of Reference are key to a successful inquiry and the whole community must be confident the Inquiry will examine fully all issues that are important.

We have collated a “list of subjects” drawing on the Archer, Lindsay and Penrose Inquiries, the Scottish Joint Position Statement and from information gathered so far from our members. This is very much a working document and we would like your opinions, additions, edits and comments.

We will use all comments to help shape this document and to help the Inquiry understand what the community wants. Please feel free to share widely so this can reach as many people as possible who have an interest.

Please send any comments to

Jefferson Courtney



  1. Carol Grayson 3 weeks ago 26th February 2018

    I welcome the Haemophilia Society’s interest in relation to the terms of reference but point out that only those that have campaigned over the last 3 decades on contaminated blood with both the lived and research experience can know what is truly important regarding the terms of reference. We must remember that a significant amount of evidence was omitted from both Archer and Penrose due to the fact that liability was not in the remit. Lindsay though useful, refers to the situation in Eire and there are many additional factors which happened here that did not occur in Eire, the situation here has many added complications that should have been addressed but weren’t. If we do not get adequate terms of reference for the new Inquiry, it will be a complete waste of time and money as the key evidence will once again not be seen and once again justice will be delayed and denied to victims and their families. Government have previously used this situation to falsely state that there was no evidence to show liability in previous inquiries rather than being honest and stating evidence showing alleged liability was NOT INCLUDED in any previous Inquiry! Long-term campaigners have drawn up their own terms of reference based on issues as they rose before, during and following contamination with deadly viruses.

  2. STEPHEN MARTIN-HANLEY 2 weeks ago 1st March 2018

    Might be useful to ask inquiry to looks at how primary victims have suffered through the welfare system. Through the years. Including present day. The Government put victims in the position of having to rely on welfare yet penalised victims for doing so. A catch 22 situation for the victim.


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