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Volume 489: debated on Thursday 19 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to mitigate the effects of high temperatures in summer on the health of (a) elderly people, (b) young people and (c) other vulnerable groups. (264182)

The Department produces an annual updated Heatwave Plan which includes steps to reduce the effects of high temperatures in summer, especially for those groups whose health is most likely to be affected, including the very young, the elderly and other vulnerable groups. This guidance is disseminated to health and social care organisations and local authorities. Additionally, there is a public facing information leaflet on how individuals can protect themselves in hot weather.