Today, Jeremy Hunt presented evidence to the Infected Blood Inquiry.
The Chancellor was the last of five senior politicians to appear before the Inquiry this week.
Asked about funding for a compensation scheme, Mr Hunt said: “No decisions have been made about the level of compensation or how it will be funded.
“We’re in very active and detailed discussions about all of that, but I can’t therefore be drawn on where that funding would come from.”
He added: “I do appreciate that the way Government works might seem frustratingly slow, but I am absolutely content that the Government has been acting a pace.”
Closing the final evidence session, Inquiry Chair Sir Brian Langstaff said: “Given what’s been said [this week], I will do everything I can to make sure that the final report is produced as quickly as I reasonably can. It won’t be early in the autumn but I… shall do my best.”
Earlier this week, Rachel Halford, CEO of The Hepatitis C Trust wrote to Mr Sunak calling for the immediate implementation of a full compensation scheme and to encourage people who may be at risk to come forward for testing.
She said: “Many of the 2,800 calls to our helpline this year have been related to the Infected Blood Inquiry and the callers have shared with us their disappointment, anger and sadness over the delays. With more than 500 people affected by the scandal estimated to have died since the Inquiry began – in addition to the thousands who had already died – there is no time to waste in delivering compensation to surviving victims and others affected.”