§ Mr. Strang
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what work is planned by the Health and Safety Executive into the study of toxicity of organotin compounds in fungicides; and how many requests have been made by the employment medical advisory service for such work to be undertaken.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The executive is carrying out a review of the use of the organotin compound tributyl tin oxide in wood preservatives. The review has been requested by the independent advisory committee on pesticides and reflects concern that pesticides introduced some years ago do not meet current, more stringent safety and environmental standards. The employment medical advisory service has not specifically requested this work.