§ Mr. Pawsey
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what research has been carried out into the relationship between flouridation of water supplies and the aluminium content of water and the implications of this for the incidence of Alzheimer's disease; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Currie
The Department is aware of a recent study into the effect of boiling fluoridated water in aluminium cookware. There is no evidence that aluminium by itself is the cause of Alzheimer's disease and much evidence points to the contrary. Nor is there any conclusive evidence that aluminium is a contributory factor. An initial epidemiological investigation into the relationship of water quality to Alzheimer's disease is being conducted by the Medical Research Council neuroendocrinology unit in Newcastle. The first results are expected in 1988.