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Lighting: Health Hazards

Health written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Joan Walley Joan Walley Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) assessment he has made of and (b) representations he has received on the recent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks review of the ability of EU member states to manufacture incandescent bulbs available where there are medical grounds; and if he will make a statement. [R]

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) released a preliminary Opinion on the health effects of artificial light on 18 July 2011. SCENIHR have carried out a public consultation and scientific hearing on this opinion and we understand that SCENIHR will publish a final opinion before the end of 2011.

The Government have asked the European Commission to take the SCENIHR review and recommendations into account.

The Department is continuing to work with patient groups, clinicians and the lighting industry to keep the health issues under review.

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