§ 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.