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Polychlorinated Biphenyls

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list by model, make and other identifying marks all the products currently manufactured in the United Kingdom which contain polychlorinated biphenyls and similar compounds; and if he will place a copy of this list in the Library.

Polychlorinated biphenyls have not been manufactured in the United Kingdom since 1977, and I have no knowledge of any current manufacture in this country of any products containing either polychlorinated biphenyls or polychlorinated terphenyls.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list by model, make and other identifying marks all the products currently being imported into the United Kingdom which contain polychlorinated biphenyls and similar compounds; and if he will place a copy of this list in the Library.

Available statistical information does not identify products which contain polychlorinated terphenyls or polychlorinated biphenyls. Like the United Kingdom, many other countries have ceased production of polychlorinated biphenyls and polychlorinated terphenyls, or are in the process of doing so. Imports of products containing these substances are thought to be neglible.