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Aviation: Health Risks

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 30 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have identified any risk to the health of the travelling public from exposure to traces of tricresyl phosphate or its isomers, known to be found on the walls of United Kingdom jet aircraft; and what scientific studies have been conducted to support this conclusion. [HL1390]

A major review of evidence, presented by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) and others, is currently under way by the independent Committee on Toxicity (CoT). Links to the discussion papers and notes of the CoT meetings held on 11 July and 5 December 2006 are below. www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk/cotnonfood/index.htm and www.food.gov.uk/science/ouradvisors/toxicity/cotmeets/cot2006/cotmetdec06/.

The CoT hopes to be in a position to report its findings in late spring and the Government are on record that they will be guided by its conclusions and recommendations.