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Occupational Cancer

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish details in the Official Report of surveys covering occupational cancers currently being undertaken throughout Great Britain.

[pursuant to his reply, 25 October 1979, c. 256–7]: I am informed by the chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that the following studies concerning occupational cancers are being undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive:—1. A mortality study of workers in the rubber industries.2. A mortality study of workers exposed to acrylontrile.3. A record of all deaths in the United Kingdom from ongio-sarcoma of the liver, these being investigated for possible occupational exposure to vinyl chloride.

are in his Department to ensure that small businesses receive a proportion of all purchasing contracts issued by his Department; and what proportion he expects this will be in 1979–80 and 1980–81.

There are no special arrangements of this kind and information is not available on which to base an estimate of proportions.