HC Deb 03 March 1983 vol 38 c231W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what evidence is available on the health hazards stemming from the concentration of nitrates in public water supplies; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

There have been many studies on nitrate levels in drinking water in this country and abroad. The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in its 1979 report on agriculture and pollution concluded that anxiety about any health risks from nitrates in water supplies was not justified on the information available; more recent expert reviews support this.