DEFRA confirms that it destroyed potential contaminated blood scandal evidence DURING Archer Inquiry
DEFRA (short for The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ) has confirmed to Factor 8 that it destroyed potential contaminated blood scandal evidence in 2007, the same year that the Archer report was being established and taking place.
The file in question that we were seeking from DEFRA was entitled “LICENCES-IMPORTATION OF DRIED BLOOD,BLOOD PLASMA-BLOOD ALBUMEN AND SERUM” and dated 1st January 1979.
In a letter to Factor 8, DEFRA said:
Following a search of our paper and electronic records, we have established that the file that you have requested was destroyed by Defra's appraisal team in 2007
DEFRA are aware that Factor 8 recently obtained lists of relevant files it has or does hold and, anticipating our strategy, also decided to tell us:
Please note that this is likely to be the case for many of the files
They also added:
to the best of our knowledge the information is not held by another public authority