§ 42. Mr. Awbery
asked the Minister of Health, as representing the Lord President of the Council, to what extent the level of radioactivity in the atmosphere has risen since 1956; what effect this has had upon the health of children through drinking milk affected by this fall-out; and, in order to reduce the concern felt by many people, if he will make periodic statements on the level of radioactivity in Great Britain.
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
Regular measurements are made of the level of radioactivity derived from fall-out in the atmosphere, soil, herbage, milk and other foodstuffs and in human and animal bones in this country, and there has been a limited increase in the levels since 1956. The results, after collation, are published periodically. I am aware of no evidence that milk containing radioactive fall-out from nuclear explosions has adversely affected the health of children or of anyone else.