HC Deb 22 October 1986 vol 102 c926W
Mr. Canavan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what steps were taken to analyse the mortality and morbidity figures in the Denny-Bonnybridge area in 1983–84: and what are the results of such analysis;

(2) whether he will take steps to analyse the mortality or morbidity figures in the Denny-Bonnybridge area for at least the next decade.

Mr. John MacKay

As the hon. Member is aware, the independent group chaired by Professor Lenihan concluded that the mortality and morbidity rates in the Bonnybridge-Denny area showed no unusual features. Further investigation related to two congenital anomalies — microphthalmos and duodenal atresia — were, however, recommended by the group. These investigations are being undertaken. Figures for cancer incidence and congenital abnormalities in the Forth Valley area are routinely recorded.

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