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Blood Lead Monitoring Programme

Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will publish the preliminary results of the blood lead monitoring programme for 1986.

Preliminary analysis of results from the surveys carried out in 1986 as part of my Department's blood lead monitoring programme shows a continuing fall in levels. Compared with 1985 the blood leads of children surveyed fell by about 1ยท5 ug/100ml (16 per cent.); those of police officers on traffic duties by about 2 ug/100ml (18 per cent.); and those of other adults sampled by about 1 ug/100m1 (10 per cent.).Individually, the local surveys of children all showed falls in levels but these varied from 8 per cent. to 22 per cent. For exposed adults local changes varied from a fall of around 20 per cent. to a slight increase in one of the surveys. More detailed results will be made available in due course.