asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr, Official Report,November 22nd, column 622, he will list all research projects carried out at AERE in the past 10 years on the subject of lead pollution where any part of the cost has been contributed by private industry.
The information requested is as follows:The Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell has carried out four projects on lead pollution in the air in the past 10 years with partial or complete support from industry. These have been:(i) Human Uptake of Lead, Phase 1; this ran from 1974–76, the cost was £95,600, borne 23 per cent, by industry, 33 per cent, by EEC, 34 per cent, by the Department of Energy and 10 per cent, by the Department of Health and Social Security.(ii) Human Uptake of Lead, Phase 2; this ran from 1976–78, the cost was £119,000, borne 32 per cent by industry, 18 per cent, by the Department of the Environment, 42 per cent, by the Department of Energy and 8 per cent, by the Department of Health and Social Security. This project was the subject of my answer on 22nd November.—[Vol. 958, c.618.]In addition, there were two other projects, one costing £4,400 and the other £9,500. Both were 100 per cent, supported by industry and commissioned on the basis of commercially confidential contracts. In these circumstances the Department is not able to publish the reports and I regret that further information cannot be given.