§ 42. Sir Hugh Lucas-Tooth
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that some people are allergic to iodine; and how he proposes to avoid causing grave inconvenience together with a risk of serious illness to such people when he requires all salt for human consumption to be iodised.
§ Sir H. Lucas-Tooth
But if the addition of the salt is effective in stopping goitre, which is its purpose, is it not possible that it might be also effective in other directions, for instance, in the case of those who are allergic to iodine?
§ Mr. Bevan
I can understand the hon. Member's anxieties in this matter, but it has been fully examined by the Medical Research Council. I can assure him that even those who would be allergic to iodine would not be affected by the minute quantities which, however, would still be effective in preventing goitre.
§ Mr. Langford-Holt
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I wrote to him this morning, bringing a specific case of this nature to his attention? Will he reconsider the whole matter?