UK Government and Parliament

In the UK, the ultimate authority on matters concerning public health is, of course, the Government and it has regularly expressed its policies on EMFs over recent years.

Government policy for power lines is set out in a 2009 Written Ministerial Statement and fleshed out in two subsequent Codes of Practice.  

Parliamentary Questions and Answers

See a summary of all the Parliamentary Questions asked and answers given since March 2001.

Other activities in Parliament

A back-bench MP, Tessa Munt, introduced a Private Members Bill under the "ten minute rule" in July 2011, and her speech contained a section on EMFs.

There have been a number of Early Day Motions mentioning EMFs.

The "Cross-Party Inquiry" in 2007 was a report by 5 MPs but was independent of Government and its key recommendations were not accepted by Government.

There was a brief debate on EMFs in the House of Lords in 2001.

Parliamentary Research Briefings

The House of Commons Library has produced three Research Papers/Briefing Notes on EMFs:

Underground power lines and health (2012)

Electricity Substations and Health (2011)

Overhead Powerlines and Health (1994)

Decisions about power lines

How the Government has responded when concerns about EMFs have been raised in connection with consent for proposed new lines.

"The possible health effects that might arise from persons being exposed to the EMFs emitted from this section of line do not therefore provide sufficient grounds for refusing the Necessary Wayleave to keep this section of line in situ."

Decision in 2007

Where does Government get its scientific advice from?

The Government's health advisers are the Health Protection Agency.