This note provides background information on European Directive 2002/46/EC relating to regulation of food supplements containing vitamins and minerals, including permitted contents and maximum levels. Additional information on the UK implementation of the Directive can be found in EU Bibliographies: Food Supplements Directive (SN/IA/05101).

This Note summarises the background and current areas of debate relating to an episode of HIV and Hepatitis C infection from contaminated blood and blood products during the 1970s and 1980s. This includes existing support for those affected, the recommendations of an independent inquiry on this matter (the Archer Inquiry), and ongoing debate relating to levels of support in comparison with other countries.

  • Research Briefing

    A brief outline of the law regulating abortion in the UK. A list of Bills related to abortion is provided in Standard Note PC/03657 and abortion statistics can be found in Standard Note SG/4418.