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 Patel Lord Patel Crossbench 2:52 pm, 24th February 2014

My Lords, the single most effective public health measure, which would prevent the birth of babies with severe spina bifida and lifelong disability, would be 400 micrograms daily of folic acid. Why would we not do that as a public health measure, when all the scientific evidence is already there?