HC Deb 27 January 1999 vol 324 cc241-2W
Mr. Blizzard

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his policy for dealing with the spread of head lice among school pupils. [67033]

Mr. Hutton

Our policy is to encourage a "whole school approach" to the detection and treatment of head lice. This entails parents checking their children and other family members for head lice and arranging treatment where necessary, with such support from the local primary health care team as they may require. If this exercise is successfully undertaken on the same evening by all parents of children within a school, then the spread of head lice will be arrested.