§ Joan Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the Consumers Association findings on the radiation risks of hands-free mobile phone connections and shields; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Hewitt
[holding answer 6 April 2000]: The findings of the Consumers Association will be assessed by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones which is expected to report in May. The Department has also passed to the Expert Group independent reports of measurements it had undertaken of shielding devices.
The Department has not undertaken independent testing of hands-free devices. I have accordingly requested that further independent testing of these devices be undertaken. The results of the tests will be published.