Terms and Conditions

By accessing this website or downloading material from it you will be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions as from the date of the first such access or download.

Crown Copyright

The material featured on this website is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. Crown copyright protected material (other than the Royal Arms and any departmental or agency logos) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium provided it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. Where any of the Crown copyright items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged. The permission to reproduce Crown protected material does not extend to any material on this site which is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.

For further information on Crown copyright policy and licensing arrangements, see the guidance featured on the website of the Office of Public Sector Information at: www.opsi.gov.uk/advice/crown-copyright/index and the website of the Office of the Queen’s Printer for Scotland at: www.opsi.gov.uk/advice/crown-copyright/index.


No permission is required to set up links directly to pages hosted on this site.

Virus protection

While every effort has been made to check and test the material on this website it is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. No responsibility is accepted by the Penrose Inquiry team for any loss, disruption or damage to any data or computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.


While the Inquiry team seeks to ensure that the content of this website is up to date and accurate, any information is provided 'as is' and without any representation or warranty as to quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy. None of the information provided constitutes legal or professional advice.

No warranty is given that the functions contained in material available at this website will be uninterrupted or error free or that defects or errors will be corrected, except where required under the Data Protection Act 1998.

No liability is accepted for any loss or damage, direct or indirect, arising from use of this website or from the use of any data, information or material downloaded from it.

Visitors to our website

When someone visits our website we collect information to measure the use of the website. We do not collect information that identifies anyone.

We use Google Analytics to provide us with reports about our site visitors. Google Analytics uses “cookies” in order for it to provide us with these reports. A cookie is a parcel of text sent back and forth between a visitor’s web browser and our website server. They are stored on the visitor’s computer (some end when the visitor leaves our site while others are stored for longer).

The cookies collect information such as the pages you viewed, how you came to our site (i.e. from a specific search engine or from a direct link or from an indirect link), browser type and operating system. They also help us to recognise you as a unique (but anonymous) visitor when you return to our site.

We will not associate any information gathered from our site using cookies with any personally identifying information from any source.

To find out more about cookies, including how to control and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org Cookies on this site may safely be turned off by visitors without affecting how pages are displayed.

General Data Protection Regulation

Please note that the Penrose Inquiry has now closed and no longer processes any personal data. The Inquiry was compliant with the legal obligations in the Data Protection Act 1998 as described in the Data Protection Notice below. The Keeper of the National Records of Scotland now holds the record of the Inquiry. Any information requests related to the Inquiry record should therefore be submitted to the National Records of Scotland: www.nrscotland.gov.uk/about-us/requesting-information.

This notice tells you what to expect when you voluntarily choose to give the Penrose Inquiry personal information by e-mail, by the “Contact Us” form on the website, by post or over the telephone.

By choosing to do so you are consenting to the collection, retention and use of your personal information in accordance with this notice.

How we use your personal information (this is the original Data Protection Notice - the Inquiry has now closed)

The Inquiry website will not itself store any personal information about you. When you decide to contact us, the Inquiry team will record your details and any other information you give to us. We will use this information:

  • To respond to any query or question that you have raised;
  • To improve the services provided by the website;
  • To help in our investigations into the circumstances in which patients treated by the NHS in Scotland became infected with Hepatitis C, HIV or both through the use of blood or blood products.

At the end of the Inquiry, and as required by law, our records, of which your details and personal information will form part, will be transferred to the Keeper of the Records of Scotland.


Appropriate steps will be taken to safeguard your personal information and to prevent any unauthorised access to it.

Applicable Law

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Scotland and any dispute arising under them shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.

The Right Honourable Lord Penrose