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Overhead Power Cables

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he has taken to acquaint himself with the results of studies into the possible links between overhead power lines and childhood cancers which have been carried out in Sweden and elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 24 May 1990]: The National Radiological Protection Board is under a statutory duty to advise Government and others on possible hazards to health from ionising and non-ionising radiation. The board is currently conducting a review of epidemiological studies on an international basis (including the one carried out in Sweden) on possible effects on human health from exposure to non-ionising electro-magnetic fields. The board expects to publish its advice later this year.