Telecommunications Masts

Health written question – answered on 22nd March 2005.

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Photo of Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith Conservative, Chingford and Woodford Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received reports concerning the health effects of mobile phone masts which he has not made public.

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

Reports received by the Department on health effects associated with mobile phone technology have usually appeared in scientific journals or on the internet. The Department sometimes receives unpublished accounts, reports or letters, which it passes on to the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) for a considered view. The NRPB, or its independent Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR), have published reviews of the scientific knowledge based on the totality of work to date.

AGNIR provided a comprehensive review of the science Health Effects from Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields", (Documents of the NRPB, Vol 14, No2, 2003). More recently, the NRPB reviewed the progress on implementing the recommendations in the 2000 Stewart Report in Mobile Phones and Health 2004" (Documents of the NRPB, Vol 15, No 5, 2004). These reports are available on the NRPB website (

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