HC Deb 30 November 1972 vol 847 cc230-1W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what replies his chief medical officer received to his letter advising all school medical officers of the dangers of lead in the air, food, water and soil, and asking them what investigations should be carried out, particularly in the case of young children; what action has now been taken in consequence of the chief medical officer's letter; and if he will make a statement.

Sir K. Joseph

On 21st December, 1971, my chief medical officer wrote to medical officers of health and referred to possible hazards to health that could arise from lead. The letter was informative and merely suggested that each medical officer of health should consider the need to plan a review of his area. A number of replies were received, most of which were reassuring. Any special problems that were reported have been investigated and appropriate action has been or is being taken.