§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conclusions he has reached, and what research is being undertaken, on the possibility of links between water supply from ground and river sources and the increased incidence of child cancer.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The numerous published studies of cancer rates in relation to the type of source of drinking water do not point to an association for childhood cancers.
The Department is not aware of any current or proposed research in the United Kingdom on this hypothesis.