Electromagnetic Fields: Health Effects

Part of Backbench Business – in Westminster Hall at 5:26 pm on 25th June 2019.

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Photo of Tonia Antoniazzi Tonia Antoniazzi Labour, Gower 5:26 pm, 25th June 2019

I thank the Minister for her response and Members from all parties who have taken part in the debate.

I have concerns about the international guidelines, and I think that the effect of exposure to electromagnetic fields should not be underestimated. When my hon. Friend Dr Drew asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport a written question, a Minister replied that her belief was that the next-generation network would not endanger the public, and added that Public Health England had found no evidence of any significant risk and that the Government

“anticipate no negative effects on public health.”

I am afraid that those statements are far from reassuring. Belief and anticipation are insufficient grounds for making such statements; we have to think about the precautionary principle. To state that there is no evidence of significant risk prompts the questions of what level of risk is acceptable, and at what stage an unknown risk moves from being acceptable to significant.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House
has considered the health-related effects of electromagnetic fields.

Sitting adjourned.