asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) on what date his Department received a copy of the report by Dr. Chamberlain of the Atomic Energy Authority entitled "Investigation into Lead from Motor Vehicles" ref. AERE R 9198 July 1978 which his Department helped sponsor:(2) if his Department has studied the implications of the finding that the ratio of airborne lead to lead in the human body is not 1:1 but 1:2·6 or 3·6 as outlined on page 139 of the latest report from Dr. Chamberlain of the Atomic Energy Authority, ref. AERE R 9198, July 1978 and if he will make a statement.
The Department has received periodic reports on the progress of the study: a copy of penultimate draft was received on 13th October 1978. The report will be published in two or three weeks.The implications of the report will be considered, together with other evidence, by the working party my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services announced in his reply on 13th November, that he is setting up.—[Vol. 958, c. 70.]