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Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission further research into the possible effects of mobile telephones on health. (228085)

The Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) programme has been under way since 2001.

The first set of results were published by the MTHR in 2007. Its overall conclusions were that

“none of the research supported by the programme and published so far (23 papers) demonstrates that biological or adverse health effects are produced by radiofrequency exposure from mobile phones.”

The committee recognised that some concerns still remain and proposed a further programme of work. Three studies in this second phase are already under way. Details can be found on their website at:

www.mthr.org.uk/research_projects/research.htm.

The Health Protection Agency's (HPA) Radiation Protection Division provides advice on mobile phones technology and health to government and the general public. The HPA monitors the scientific literature on mobile phone technology and health in support of its advice.

Further information can be found on the following web page:

http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&Page&HPAwebAuto ListName/Page/1158934607786?p=1158934607786