HC Deb 11 November 1999 vol 337 c694W
Mr. Dalyell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to the letter of 3 November from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Lord Whitty, to the hon. Member for Linlithgow, reference P/W/28454/99, concerning cytotoxic drugs, when he expects the report on NHS ward staff handling such drugs to be(a) completed and (b) published. [98146]

Mr. Meacher

The research referred to, entitled "Occupational Exposure of Health Workers to Cytotoxic Drugs: A Ward-Based Study", has been completed. A draft of the report is currently being considered within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The final report should be submitted to Health and Safety Commission's Health Services Advisory Committee before the end of the year. I will ensure that a copy is then placed in the Library of the House. HSE is also discussing with the co-author how the report should best be published.