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Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) whether he intends to publish the contents of the Government working party on the effects on the public of the lead content of petrol; and if he will give in the Official Report a summary of its conclusions.(2) what is the lead ingested from (

a) food, ( b) water and ( c) the atmosphere.

I have been asked to reply.I intend that the working party's report shall be published and its contents made known to Parliament in the most appropriate way.I understand that the working party expects to be in a position to make a final report before the end of this year. I expect the report to include an up-to-date evaluation of evidence on the relative importance of food, water and the atmosphere as sources of lead which might be ingested.