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Occupational Cancer

Volume 981: debated on Monday 24 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he has received a copy of the ASTMS policy document entitled "The Prevention of Occupational Cancer"; if he will hold discussions with the Health and Safety Commission and other interested bodies as a matter of urgency on the recommendations contained in the document; and if he will make a statement.

I have not received a copy of the ASTMS policy document, but I understand the Health and Safety Executive has received copies, which it is studying.I welcome the initiative this union has taken in preparing the document, which I understand states that its primary function is to provide safety representatives and union officers with information. I propose to await advice from the chairman of the HSC before deciding whether discussions with the HSC or other interested parties are necessary.