§ Mr. Campbell-Savours
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what investigations of the effects of organophosphorus pesticides on the blood serum-cholinesterase levels of the general public living in areas subject to aerial spraying are being or will be conducted or are planned by his Department.
§ Mr. John Patten
None. Procedures exist for blood to be tested for cholinesterase levels as quickly as possible to enable a full clinical assessment of anyone complaining of exposure to organophosphorus or carbamate pesticides. The Department's booklet—"Pesticide Poisoning: notes for the guidance of medical practitioners" issued to all GPs —and to hospital accident and emergency departments —sets out the relevant advice.