§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the shortage of blood in hospitals.
§ Mr. Alison
There have been shortages of blood in some regions following the recent holiday period but I have received no reports that urgent operations have had to be postponed. Every effort is being made to maintain the programme of blood donor sessions and I hope that all blood donors will attend the sessions to which they are invited.