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Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what consideration he has given to the evidence given by the National Water Council to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution of the link between nitrates and harmful effects on the human stomach.

Consideration is being given in my Department to this and other relevant evidence. We are looking at the problems of nitrosamines in animal experiments and epidemiological work is being undertaken to determine whether there is any human health hazard. The subject is being kept under careful surveillance and my Department will be reporting its findings on the health aspects in due course.