§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the health of residents in Sandhurst, Gloucestershire, following the explosion at Cleansing Services Group Ltd.; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Blears
[holding answer 11 January 2002]: Gloucestershire health authority has monitored the health of the residents of Sandhurst following the fire at Cleansing Services Group in October 2000.
The authority has found that the physical and/or psychological health of a significant proportion of Sandhurst residents was affected following the fire. The majority of physical symptoms experienced resolved within four weeks although a small number of people reported continuing physical symptoms seven months after the incident. The health authority has established a study to monitor the long-term effects of the incident on the community.