§ Mr. McMahon
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much blood was donated during 1982; if he will break down the total by blood groups; and if he will indicate the level of response by each area in Scotland to appeals by the Blood Transfusion Service.
§ Mr. John MacKay
In the year ending 31 March 1982, the latest period for which figures are available, 277,259 donations of blood—440m1 each—were made in Scotland. Details of donations by blood group are not available.
The Blood Transfusion Service makes specific appeals for donors only in rare emergencies, but it does maintain an advertising campaign to attract new donors. The following table shows donor attendances as a proportion of the population in each regional transfusion area.
Additional information on blood and blood products is available in "Scottish Health Statistics 1980", page 117.
Regional Transfusion Centre Donor attendances as a percentage of population North (Inverness) 6.9 Aberdeen and North-East 7.0
Regional Transfusion Centre Donor attendances as a percentage of population East (Dundee) 7.2 Edinburgh and South East 7.4 Glasgow and West 5.4 Scotland 6.2