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Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many toxicologists there were in his Department on 1 April in each of the years 1970 to 1980.

Although the Department does not employ toxicologists as such, I have at present 20 people who are graduates in the chemical or biological sciences and whose duties centre on the assessment of the toxicity of chemicals in the environment. It is not possible to give yearly returns of staff in this subject area, but the figure I have given is regarded as fairly typical for the past decade.