Health: Folic Acid — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 24th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Labour 2:52 pm, 24th February 2014

My Lords, will the Minister accept that those figures are much smaller than recent research samples such as the 50,000 people involved in the Lancet published research last year and the 500,000 women in England over a 12-year period in the research published last week that showed that the quantity of folic supplements taken by them was actually falling, which is the current policy? Given that the UK has the highest rate of neurological defects in the whole of Europe—80% of which pregnancies are terminated—is it not time to make a decision, talk to industry, the medics and science and join the other 70 countries protecting women from those births?