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IMMEDIATE

MONDAY 31 OCTOBER 2005

ATTENTION: EDITORS/NEWS EDITORS/PLANNING/ SCIENCE/MEDICAL/HEALTH/POLITICAL CORRESPONDENTS

LORDS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE TO QUESTION HEALTH MINISTER AND UN 'FLU CZAR'

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The UK's contingency planning for a possible outbreak of pandemic influenza is being investigated by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.

Chaired by Lord Broers, the inquiry is looking at international action on flu, the supply of vaccines and anti-viral drugs, the readiness of front-line NHS services, and the need to educate the public on how to react to a pandemic.

Public Hearings − Tuesday 1 November  

2.30pm (Committee Room 3a)

  • Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of State for Health Services, Department of Health

  • Dr David Harper, Chief Scientist, Department of Health

  • Dr David Salisbury, Head of Immunisation, Department of Health

4pm (Committee Room 3a)

  • Dr David Nabarro, Senior UN System Co-ordinator for Avian and Human Influenza (via videolink from Washington DC)

NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. The Committee will hold a final public evidence session on 3 November (details page 2), and aim to report before Christmas 2005.

2. Written evidence submitted to the Committee is published online at: http://www.parliament.uk/hlscience

3. You can attend hearings in the Palace of Westminster entrance via St Stephen's or watch the evidence session live via www.parliamentlive.tv.

Further details of Public Hearings

Thursday 3 November

2.15pm (Committee Room 3)

  • Deputy Chief Constable Alan Goodwin, Chair of ACPO Emergency Procedures Committee, Association of Chief Police Officers

  • Philip Selwood, Chair of Civil Emergencies Committee, Ambulance Services Association

  • Professor Sue Atkinson, Regional Director of Public Health for London, London Regional Resilience Forum

  • Zyg Kowalczyk, Director, London Resilience Team

3.30pm (Committee Room 3)

  • Professor Jim Norton, Senior Policy Adviser, Institute of Directors

  • Kevin Hawkins, Director General, British Retail Consortium

  • Alan Lacey, Regulatory Affairs Manager, J Sainsbury plc.

For further information contact:

Christopher Johnson (Clerk to the Committee) on 020 7219 6075.

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