HL Deb 04 February 2005 vol 669 cc68-9WA
The Countess of Mar

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Upon which evidence from:

  1. (a) human toxicological data;
  2. (b) non-human mammalian toxicological data;
  3. (c) general practitioner medical records;
  4. (d) pesticide company doctor medical records;
  5. (e) Health and Safety Executive's Employment Medical Advisory Service medical records;
  6. (f) information provided by the National Poisons Information Service;
  7. (g) data from biochemical investigation tests; and
  8. (h) other information

the Pesticides Safety Directorate concludes that "62 incidents … did not demonstrate a causal link between the pesticide and symptoms described". [HL704]

Lord Whitty

The text as quoted is incorrect, the actual statement made by the Pesticides Safety Directorate was "The remaining 62 appear to involve the approved use of pesticides, although no causal link between the pesticide and the symptoms described has been proven". The PSD has not drawn any conclusions from the data submitted. As the reports provided in response to this exercise do not contain the toxicological data or medical records necessary to provide proof of a causal link it is important that the PSD drew attention to this. The results of the study will be sent to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) and the Health and Safety Executive's pesticides incident appraisal panel (PIAP) who are currently considering them.