§ 6. Mr. Illsley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any guidance has been given to police forces on the subject of AIDS in relation to the arrest of suspects.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
Guidance issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers in 1985 included advice on the precautions to be taken against the risks of infection from contaminated blood and sharp objects, such as syringes.
§ Mr. Illsley
Does the Minister believe that those guidelines should be reinforced or strengthened, particularly in view of an arrest which took place in my constituency recently, which has resulted in an action for damages by a police officer, somewhat mischievously, against an arrested suspect?
§ Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
What compensation will be available to a police constable who might be attacked by a sufferer from AIDS and might himself therefore contract the disease?