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Environmental Health Officers

Volume 933: debated on Monday 13 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied that environmental health departments are able to offer advice to tenants independently of a local authority against which a tenant may be seeking action.

Environmental health officers have functions which are as applicable in the case of local authority tenants as they are in any other case. They are also, of course, responsible to their employing authority. How they balance these functions and responsibilities in particular instances is a matter for their judgment. By and large, I am satisfied that that judgment is exercised satisfactorily. If my hon. Friend is concerned about a particular case he may wish to let me have details.