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Hospitals (Air Emissions)

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that every precaution is taken in hospitals to prevent release of halons in the atmosphere; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 2 July 1990]: The June 1990 issue of Health Service Estate, published by the Department, a copy of which is available in the Library, contained guidance on the problems and the safe use of chlorofluorocarbons and halons for building.Regional supplies officers have also been asked to seek alternatives to products which contain halons and CFCs. Further advice will be issued as necessary.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the need to protect the environment from the emission of dangerous substances used in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 2 July 1990]: The effects produced by emissions from hospitals are well understood throughout the national health service. Hospitals are required to comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act and the Clean Air Act. The removal of Crown immunity will require the national health service to comply with impending comprehensive legislation on environmental protection.