§ Mr. Randall
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has to aid the208W International Tin Research Institute in its development of (a) the use of tin as an alternative to lead-based products and (b) lead-free solders. 
§ Mr. Battle
My Department has no current plans to provide assistance to the International Tin research institute to develop either the use of tin as an alternative to lead-based products or lead-free solders. There is no sound scientific evidence, or comprehensive analysis, that clearly shows a need to replace uses of lead with tin but I am aware there are some environmental concerns about the continuing use of lead-based solders in electrical and electronic equipment.