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Volume 168: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ask the chairman of the Medical Research Council to review the findings of the "Medical Research Council Report: the Hazards to Man of Nuclear and Allied Radiations", Cmnd. 9780, published in June 1956, in the light of the findings of the Gardner report on radiation risks.

As I announced in my reply to the hon. Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham) on 15 February, at columns 397–98, I have referred the results of the case-control study from the MRC epidemiology unit to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) for its urgent consideration and preliminary advice. I shall ensure that a copy of the 1956 MRC report is made available to the committee.