HC Deb 15 June 1982 vol 25 c254W
36. Mr. Tinn

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied that there is no risk to patients from the use of carbon dioxide lasers to remove birth marks.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Lasers are now used for many medical purposes, including the removal of birth marks. In January 1981 we set up a working party with the NHS, the Health and Safety Executive and the National Radiological Protection Board to devise guidelines for the protection of both patients and staff from hazards associated with the use of lasers. I expect to receive the working party's report later this year, and to issue guidance early in 1983.