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Mersley Farm, Isle Of Wight

Volume 620: debated on Wednesday 20 December 2000

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 10 April (

WA 19–20), whether the Health and Safety Executive has completed its consideration of the feasibility of an epidemiological study into the health of individuals living by or working at Mersley Farm, Isle of Wight; and, if so, whether the results of its consideration have been published. [HL158]

The feasibility study has not yet been completed. However, since my reply to your previous Question on this subject, HSE have been actively considering the technical and practical issues involved in conducting such a study. The outcome of these deliberations is now contained in a 15-page draft study protocol that has been sent for comment to the medical authorities on the Isle of Wight who would need to be involved in any study. The protocol will be made publicly available once this consultation is complete.