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Music: Health Hazards

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will bring forward proposals for a statutory maximum limitation on the permitted volume of personal MP3 players. (178774)

The European Commission has asked the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks for an opinion on the potential health risks of exposure to noise from personal music players and mobile phones which include a music playing function. The Committee has been asked to report back to the Commission by March 2008.

We will consider whether there is any need for domestic measures following an analysis of the Scientific Committee's report and in the light of decisions taken by the Commission in respect of Community action.