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Electromagnetic Fields: Health Hazards

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of illness or other ailments in children attributable to the operation of electromagnetic fields have been reported since 2001; and if he will make a statement. (322015)

The Department does not hold this information centrally.

The Department has supported research over the last decade in relation to concerns that there might be adverse effects from low levels of exposure to electromagnetic fields from power lines, mobile phones and telecommunications masts. In the course of this work, the scientific and medical communities have become aware of people who report an unusual sensitivity to electric or magnetic fields. A range of symptoms was noted by the Health Protection Agency's (HPA's) Radiation Protection Division in its publication, ‘Mobile Phone and Health 2004’, which is available on the HPA website at:

www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1254510624582?p=1219908766891

The HPA also published a study entitled ‘Definition, Epidemiology and Management of Electrical Sensitivity’, which is also available on the HPA website at:

www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1247816558210?p=1197637096018

The HPA is undertaking a programme of research on wireless local area networks, including wi-fi use in schools. Information about these studies is available on the HPA website at:

www.hpa.org.uk/HPA/Topics/Radiation/UnderstandingRadiation/1199451940308/

The Health Protection Agency and the World Health Organisation keep scientific reports on health effects from electromagnetic fields under review.