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Volume 155: debated on Monday 26 June 1922

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asked the Minister of Health whether, having regard to the established uses of radium for medical purposes, and its tremendous possibilities and potentialities, he is making inquiries with the object of obtaining in the public interest this hitherto very scarce substance; and whether he is aware that considerable quantities of this commodity are to be found in this country, notably in Cornwall, but largely undeveloped?

Radium salts are at present used, medically, for research and for the treatment of certain special morbid conditions. The Medical Research Council has a provisional supply at its disposal, and it may be assumed that there will be an increasing demand for radium. I am not, however, in a position to recommend the development of its production in any particular area, as that obviously is dependent upon geological and commercial considerations.