the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 March 1993 (WA 31-32), whether the stabiliser (Swiss Priority Patent 348284 dated 30 November 1956) was epichlorohydrin; and, if so, what was its action in relation to diazinon in sheep dips.
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the stabiliser epichlorohydrin is, or has ever been, used in any other products containing diazinon; and, if so, which.
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Mrs Annie Anderson, while a member of the interviewing panel for the posts of Vice-Presidents of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal during November 1999, was herself a candidate for appointment as a non-legal member of the same tribunal; and, if she was, whether this was appropriate and ethical.
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the first of the six-monthly reports on the systematic literature review of Gulf War illnesses.
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: How frequently the Medical Research Council Gulf Health Research Steering Group has met since its inception.
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hayman on 11 January (WA 277), what evidence was before the Veterinary Products Committee in 1992 to prompt the further requests for data from the manufacturers of organophosphorus sheep dips; and whether it is now the practice of Her Majesty's Government to speculate upon the manufacturers' reasons for the withdrawal...
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is still the practice to extract pituitary glycoproteins from the glands of slaughtered sheep and pigs in the United Kingdom; and, if so, by what means the animals are slaughtered and under what conditions the extracts are recovered.
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any controls on veterinary or medical researchers or other individuals obtaining tissue extracts or other materials from licensed slaughterhouses in the United Kingdom.
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recommendations of the Veterinary Products Committee that manufacturers be approached with a view to improving the safety of the designs of containers for organophosphate sheep dips in 1994, in January 1995 and in July 1999 were acted upon; if so, what proposals for changes to container design were made following those approaches and with what...
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date in 1993 Ciba Geigy withdrew epichlorohydrin from its formulations of Top Clip Gold Shield sheep dip; whether the Veterinary Products Committee was advised of this change to the formulation; and whether they were aware of the reasons for the withdrawal.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, can the Minister say--
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hayman on 1 February (WA 22), whether the results of the study of the long-term electrophysiological effects of sheep dip organophosphates in the mouse nervous system have been peer reviewed and published; if so, in which journal; and, if not, whether they will be.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, we all know of and respect the expertise of the noble Earl, Lord Russell, in this field and I am grateful to him for drawing the Rowntree report to our attention today. I intend to concentrate upon a group of individuals who are spread across the whole age range of this report. They are men, women and children who are suffering from what are categorised as illnesses with...
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current policy on the licensing of products containing organophosphates as their active ingredient for agricultural and domestic use.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. Is she aware that it now transpires that there are questions about the rigorous safety checks on organophosphates? Perhaps I may ask two questions. First, if the Minister is minded to restore organophosphate sheep-dips to public sale, will she ensure that the labels contain a very clear use-by date? There are now indications that...
the Countess of Mar: My Lord, is it not the case that in domestic situations the users are untrained and uncontrolled? There is a serious danger--I have come across a number of cases--of over-use of organophosphate products, which causes damage, particularly to children. I am especially concerned about children under five, whose neurological systems are not fully developed.
the Countess of Mar: My Lords, while it is acceptable that the Government should be able to repeat their good messages, is the noble and learned Lord aware that it is not only in the National Health Service that this problem arises? The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is notorious for putting out press releases stating that farmers are being helped to the tune of x-million or x-billion pounds. Often...
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 18 January 1995 (WA 42) and Lord Lucas on 8 February 1996 (WA 577), what progress is being made with the three research and development projects being funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food into alternative treatments for sheep scab, including immunological and non-chemical control, and what has...
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any studies were conducted by the Health and Safety Directorate into the effects of bacteriological contamination and of combination with disinfectants in organophospate sheep dips between 1989 and 1993; and, if so, what were the results of these studies.
the Countess of Mar: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is now a requirement of the British Wool Marketing Board that sheep owners who send fleeces to British Wool Marketing Board depots must guarantee that their sheep have not been dipped in organophosphate sheep dips within six months of shearing.