Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

Health written question – answered on 18th March 2005.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of electromagnetic hypersensitivity on people's health.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The Department has made no overall assessment of electromagnetic hypersensitivity on people's health but the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) has commissioned a review of electromagnetic hypersensitivity by a consultant in public health. It will address the range of symptoms reported to arise and explore whether there is a role for the NRPB in terms of prevention, management and public information.

The mobile telecommunications and health research programme, supported by Government and industry sources, is funding studies of individuals who have reported an increased sensitivity to mobile phones and mobile phone base stations.

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