HL Deb 04 April 1979 vol 399 cc1957-8WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When their enquiries on lead will report; whether the reports will be published; who are the members of the working parties and what are their qualifications.

Baroness STEDMAN

The report of the working party appointed by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Social Services to review the overall effect on health of environmental lead from all sources will be published, although no firm estimate can yet be made of when they will report. The working party's members and qualifications are:—

Chairman: Professor P. J. Lawther, M.B., B.S., D.Sc., F.R.C.P., C.B.E., M.R.C., Toxicology Unit (Clinical Section), St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College.

Members: Professor T. E. Oppe, M.B., 13.S., F.R.C. P., D.C.H., Director, Paediatric Unit, St. Mary's Hospital Medical School; Professor W. W. Holland, M.D., B.Sc., F.R.C.P., F.F.C.M., Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Social Medicine, St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School; Professor B. E. Clayton, Ph.D., M.D., F.R.C.P., Department of Chemical Pathology and Human Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton; Dr. D. Barltrop, N.D., F.R.C. P., Director, Department of Child Health, Westminster Children's Hospital; Dr. H. A. Waldron, Ph.D., M.D., M.R.C.P., M.F.C.M., London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The Centenary Institute of Occupational Health; Professor M. Rutter, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.C.Psych., D.P.M., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry; Dr. R. G. Lansdown, M.A., Ph.D., Department of Child Psychiatry, Hospital for Sick Children; Mr. W. Yule, M.A., Dip. Psych., Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry; Dr. R. M. Chamberlain, M.B., Ch.B., F.F.C.M., D.C.H., Epidemiological Research Laboratory, Central Public Health Laboratory; Dr. B. Moore, M.D., B.Sc., F.R.C.Path., Department of Mathematical Studies and Operational Research, University of Exeter; Mr. R. Waller, B.Sc., (Address as Professor P.J. Lawther).

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Transport expects to receive in May an initial assessment of the costs of possible further action to limit lead emissions from petrol engined vehicles. The assessment, which will be published, will be based on studies by officials from the Departments of Transport, Energy, Environment and Industry, assisted by representatives of major oil companies and motor manufacturing interests.