§ Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether alpha radiation has any harmful effects; and, if so, what they are.
§ Sir George Young
Alpha radiation scarcely penetrates the dead outer layer of the skin but can have harmful effects if alpha particles are taken into the body by infection, inhalation or the contamination of a wound. There is a statistical risk of the resulting damage to body cells and changes in their system of reproduction leading ultimately to the development of cancer.