HC Deb 05 June 1957 vol 571 cc1255-6
46. Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of its heavy rainfall and density of population, he will have

tests made by the Medical Research Council of the degree and rate of fall-out of strontium-90 in Lancashire.

Mr. Sandys

I have been asked to reply.

The Medical Research Council is obtaining samples of soil, vegetation, milk and bone from widely distributed parts of the country; and their content of radiostrontium is being analysed.

The choice of the particular sites is a matter for expert decision and will be designed to give a representative indication of levels in the United Kingdom. As the results are published, they will be placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Allaun

Since the fall-out from hydrogen bombs already dropped will increase over the next twenty-eight years, will the Minister arrange for continuous inspection, and, if tragic effects emerge subsequently, will it not then be rather too late?

Mr. Sandys

If I am still responsible after twenty-eight years, I will see what I can do about it.