HC Deb 21 April 1958 vol 586 c48W
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.