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Jet Engine Oils

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what animal studies have been carried out on whether exposure to pyrolised synthetic jet engine oils (a) dermally and (b) via inhalation produces (i) chronic neurotoxicity and (ii) brain cell death; (75739)

(2) what studies from overseas he has examined on the effects of contaminated air problems on the British Aerospace BAE 146 aircraft;

(3) what assessment he has made of the effect of exposure to pyrolised synthetic jet engine oils (a) dermally and (b) via inhalation on commercial aircraft on (i) adults, (ii) children and (iii) pregnant passengers.

The Department does not want anyone travelling by air to be at risk to their health. We have commissioned the independent Committee on Toxicity (COT) to conduct a comprehensive evidence review of any such health risks in cabin air. The COT has received evidence from a wide range of sources, including BALPA. Some of this evidence has come from overseas. The formal COT meeting will be held in public on 11 July. We await the outcome of the COT process, and the Department will be guided by the COT conclusions and recommendations when they are ready.