HC Deb 03 May 1983 vol 42 c50W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if reports to him by the committee on toxicity of chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment are made public.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

We have published guidelines on the testing of chemicals for toxicity based on recommendations contained in a report from the committee on toxicity and we would normally expect to publish reports made to our Department if there was sufficient public interest in the subject.

Recommendations of the committee are normally passed to the Government Department directly responsible for the enforcement of legislation on chemical safety in the area under consideration and it is for the Ministers in each Department to decide on the question of publication of each report falling in their areas of responsibility.