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Lead Pollution

Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, when the working party referred to in his reply to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr, 14th November, volume 958, column 70, is established, he will publish full details of all members, drawing attention to any who have been involved in research wholly or partly sponsored by private industry.

The working party to review the overall effect on health of environmental lead from all sources has now been established and will shortly begin work. Its members are:Professor P. J. Lawther C.B.E. M.B. B.S. D.Sc. F.R.C.P., Professor of Environmental and Preventive Medicine, St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, University of London.Dr. D. Barltrop M.D. F.R.C.P., Director, Department of Child Health, Westminster Children's Hospital, London.Dr. R. M. Chamberlain M.B. Ch.B F.F.C.M. D.C.H., Senior Epidemiologist, Central Public Health Laboratory, London.Professor B. E. Clayton, Ph.D. M.D. F.R.C.P., Professor of Chemical Pathology, Department of Child Health, University of London.Professor W. W. Holland M.D. B.Sc. F.F.C.M., Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Social Medicine, St. Thomas's Hospital Medical School, University of London.Dr. R. G. Lansdown M.A. Ph.D., Principal Psychologist, Department of Child Psychiatry, Hospital for Sick Children, London.Dr. B. Moore M.D. B.Sc. F.R.CPath., Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Mathematical Studies and Operational Research, University of Exeter.

Professor T. E. Oppe" M.B. B.S. F.R.C.P. D.C.H., Professor of Paediatrics, St. Mary's Hospital Medical School, University of London.

Professor M. Rutter M.D. F.R.C.P. F.R.CPsych. D.P.M., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.

Dr. H. A. Waldron M.D. Ph.D. M.R.C.P. M.F.C.M., Senior Lecturer in Occupational Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.

Mr. R. Waller B.Sc, Member of MRC Scientific Staff, St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, University of London.

Mr. W. Yule M.A. Dip. Psych., Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.

In forming this working party my Department has been concerned chiefly to ensure that the membership should represent a sufficient range of specialties and disciplines for expert advice to be brought to bear on all aspects of physical and mental health which are called into question by the published results of relevant research studies. Since the major task of the working party will be to evaluate these results and to reach conclusions on the nature and extent of the health hazards from environmental lead, particular attention has been paid to the known expertise and research experience of members. All members of expert committees advising my Department in the field of toxicology are required to declare to Ministers and the chief medical officer any current pecuniary interests— for example from consultancies—in the fields in which they advise.