§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will review the World Health Organisation guidelines on which the ratio of environmental health officers to population is based.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
[holding answer 13 February 1989]Decisions on the number of environmental health 279W officers to be appointed are a matter for local environmental health authorities. They are able to take into account the publication of the World Health Office regional office for Europe No. 18 "Development of Environmental Health Manpower" to which I assume that the hon. Member refers.