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Food (Radiation Contamination)

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what measures are currently being taken under European Community Council Regulations to check the levels of radiation contamination of food imported into the United Kingdom; and with what results.

European Council Regulation EEC No. 1707/86 of 30 May 1986 set out maximum permitted levels of radiocaesium for imports of food into the Community on an emergency basis following the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The arrangements have been extended to 31 October 1987 by Council Regulation EEC No. 624/87 pending further scientific evaluation.The regulation requires certification or testing of food imports from third countries. In the 10 months to March

Table 1
Current expenditure by health authorities analysed by function
1985–861984–85
£ millionper cent.£ millionper cent.
A. Patient care services
iMedical Staff Services901·99·39820·08·98
iiNursing Staff Services3,284·834·183,092·233·85
iiiOther Direct treatment Services and Supplies864·89·00810·28·87
ivDiagnostic Departments531·25·53483·65·30
VOther Medical and Para Medical Services, Ambulance Services etc765·17·96722·47·90
Total6,347·866·065,928·464·90
B. General Services
iUnit Administration and Clerical Support Services575·05·98542·75·94
iiMedical Records105·91·1099·81·09
iiiTraining and Education53·30·5550·50·55
ivCatering355·13·70354·13·88
VDomestic/Cleaning404·04·20417·64·57
viPortering149·31·55146·41·60
viiLaundry63·90·6664·10·70
ViiiLinen Services121·21·26114·81·26
ixTransport46·90·4944·70·49
XEngineering maintenance270·62·82262·72·88
xiEnergy and Utility Services319·93·33329·43·61
xiiBuilding Maintenance165·01·72167·01·83
xiiiGrounds and Gardens21·80·2322·30·24
xivGeneral Estate Expenses173·01·80164·41·80
XVMiscellaneous Services and Expenses(0·4)3·70·04
Total2,824·529·392,784·230·48
C. Other
iHeadquarters Administration374·43·90361·43·96
iiOther Services and Expenses62·70·6560·80·66

a large number of samples have been tested. All but 18 were below the levels set out in the regulation. The 18 consignments concerned have been refused entry into the United Kingdom.I am placing a copy of the results of the monitoring in the Library.