§ Mr. Butler
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to prevent further outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in hospitals and other public institutions, and in private buildings such as hotels to which the public has access; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
A circular on Legionnaires' disease and hospital water systems was issued to all health authorities in 1980, a copy of which is in the Library. Health authorities were reminded earlier this year of this guidance and the measures which should be taken to reduce the chances of an outbreak occurring.
It is hoped that the committee of inquiry into the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Stafford will also make recommendations on action necessary to reduce the danger of future outbreaks originating in other buildings and elsewhere in its final report, expected by the end of March 1986. My Department will be liaising with other Departments on the follow up action resulting from the Committee's report.