§ Mr. Strang
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when the Health and Safety Executive study into pentachlorophenol, lindane and TBTO at Cuprinol Ltd. in Frome, Somerset, will be completed; and whether a copy of the findings will be placed in the Library.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is not carrying out a study into pentachlorophenol, lindane and TBTO at Cuprinol Ltd. Frome. However, an independent committee of inquiry has been set up by Cuprinol Ltd. and HSE is awaiting the report of that committee before considering what further action, if any, is required.
A review of lindane is to be carried out by the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP). This was agreed in November 1988, evidence is to be forwarded in the first instance to HSE by March 1989, and the review is expected to take one or two years. The ACP is also currently carrying out a review of TBTO, which is due to be completed this year.