Communicable diseases

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on communicable diseases. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

25.10.2012HIV and AIDS statistics: UK
HIV and AIDS statistics: UK. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2210. This note summarises recent statistics on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and also includes a POSTBOX on HIV Infection and Treatment. Section 1 describes how the numbers of those diagnosed with and those dying from HIV/AIDS in the UK have changed over time. The characteristics that put people most at risk of HIV are considered in Sections 2 and the manner and place in which individuals with HIV acquire their infection in examined in Section 3. The general prevalence of HIV, and levels of awareness of infection, are examined in Section 4. International statistics on HIV and AIDS are briefly considered in Section 5, while Section 6 looks at public knowledge and attitudes to the disease.
13.07.2011HIV and Hepatitis C infection from contaminated blood and blood products
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.


26.03.2014Surveillance of infectious disease
This briefing describes current surveillance efforts and examines new technological developments and their likely impacts on UK and international public health.
16.07.2012Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
This note examines the extent of, and risks posed by, drug-resistant TB.

Select Committee Reports

27.10.2011No vaccine, no cure: HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom.
Government response. Department of Health report [Commons]
19.07.2011No vaccine, no cure: HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom.
HIV and AIDS in the UK Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
16.10.2009Pandemic influenza.
Department of Health report [Commons and Lords]
20.07.2009Pandemic influenza.
Science and Technology Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
10.02.2009HIV/AIDS: DFID's new strategy.
Government response. Department for International Development; International Development Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes with concern that men who are openly gay or bisexual are barred for life from donating blood; further notes that the regulations which call for this life ban have ...
That this House welcomes last winter's 30 per cent. drop in excess deaths in the coldest winter since 1995; notes the Office for National Statistics' explanation that seasonal influenza ...
That this House welcomes the new standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) produced by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV and the Medical ...
That this House is concerned at the mass use of the drug Tamiflu; notes that the US Food and Drugs Administration has warned of fatal side-effects including heart attacks; is surprised ...
That this House believes that exaggerated claims of the dangers of pandemics may undermine the public's faith in warnings of future serious health emergencies; recalls the claims that ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses