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 What’s new in Parliament? UK Parliament: advanced search: try ‘any’ using words masts tetra airwave, and check both Houses, all Bills, Committees, and all Hansard

 Facts presented to a meeting of MPs at the House of Commons, 24 May 2004

 Richard Spring MP: second reading of Transmission Masts Bill. House of Commons debate won 10 votes to 2, defeated by MP disinterest. Please read.

 Full Hansard entry on the debate of 21 May 2004

 Don’t forget, our Government is signed up to the European Charter on Human Rights (PDF). Note articles 3 and 35. This is a human rights issue.

Hazel Blears would have it that we are misinformed. Who is? We or the Home Office minister? (this same message is still being used as information by the Home Office and by ‘TETRA expert’ Colin Blakemore, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council)

 Government withholds the Draper report and hides results on leukaemia and power lines. (15 September 2004) and please read the detail!

 Three years later, the Draper report was released (3 June 2005). Here is the Draper Report in the British Medical Journal. Here is the Health Protection Agency press release. And here is commentary from Powerwatch.

We aren’t the only ones asking questions. Hansard is the daily record of what goes on in parliament, including written questions. Search on ‘any of the words’ tetra and airwave. Questions on the behaviour of O2 Airwave, planning, costs to police forces, health and safety.

What does the National Audit Office Public Accounts Committee think about the Airwave contract? (Nov. 2002)

Department of Trade and Industry select committee, public concerns, 2001

Government response to the report from the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (Stewart Group), October 2002

Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones. Contains the Stewart Report

PPG8: Planning Policy Guidance 8: Telecommunications interference

All Party Parliamentary Mobile Group

From Hansard:

Ms Blears: On the recommendation of independent experts, the Home Office set up a comprehensive programme of work on Tetra health issues. The Home Office also funds Tetra-related research as an adjunct to the Mobile Telecommunications Research Programme co-ordinated by the Department of Health. No adverse effects of Tetra have been found. Biological studies carried out by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have shown that Tetra has no effect on calcium exchanges in cells—the main concern raised about this type of technology. Longer-term human volunteer studies are under way. Further information is available on the Home Office website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/docs/tetra.html.

Comprehensive? What she doesn’t say is that there is no research, current or planned, on the reported adverse health effects of TETRA base stations. The longer-term human volunteer studies. These are the police, who have no option about using TETRA. Volunteers?

What the Home Office says (31 July 2001). Beware of the interpretation of pulsing, with which we disagree.

Imperial College London, Airwave Health Monitoring (Home Office contract on police monitoring), Second quarterly report (PDF)

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on siting of mobile phone masts. See ‘Planning and public anxiety’. And remember, TETRA is not just another mobile phone mast!

Local government, planning and recent developments, especially concerning health

Cover up like tobacco? Well, yes, it probably is.

Similar: A ‘letter bomb’ for the mobile phone industry? (1999!)

TETRA, mixed and shared
TETRA in mast sharing. Government choice and saves planning, but with what combination effect?

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