HC Deb 07 December 1973 vol 865 cc485-6W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she is prepared to commission and financially assist local education authorities to undertake surveys of lead levels in the blood of school children in their areas; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Raison

General responsibility for Government medical policy and the issue of advice on the health of the community rests with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services. His Department has already helped in various ways a number of local authorities which have sought guidance in response to the letter sent by the Chief Medical Officer in December 1971 about lead as a danger to health.