Oral Answers to Questions — Strontium 90

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30 April 1959.

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Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Warrington 12:00, 30 April 1959

The Prime Minister will recall that on Tuesday he said he would make a statement in answer to a number of Questions put down on this subject. Will he include in his statement the position about the genetic effects? Is he aware—this is a fairly simple question; I would not ask him a complicated technical one—that the threshold dose, so far as the genetic effect is concerned, has not yet been considered by the specialists to be any specific one? In other words, any amount of radioactivity has a certain genetic effect. Would he comment on that?