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Lead Pollution

Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 31 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, following the decision of Rear-Admiral Nixon at the M25 inquiry at Leatherhead to refuse to hear evidence from Dr. D. Barltrop, director of the department of child health, Westminster Children's hospital, on the grounds that he is not independent, he will remove Dr. Barltrop from his working party to review the overall effect on health of environmental lead which he announced on 29 November.—[Vol. 959, c. 273–4.]

The considerations underlying the choice of membership of the working party and the arrangements for declaring pecuniary interests were explained in my reply of 29 November 1978.—[Vol. 959, c. 272–4.] I am looking into the particular report to which my hon. Friend refers and will write to him.