HC Deb 16 April 1931 vol 251 cc346-7
50. Mr. WELLS

asked the Minister of Agriculture if any inspection or tests are carried out on imported plants, shrubs, and trees from foreign sources for disease or pests; and whether any discrimination is made between those producing edible fruits and those not producing edible fruits?


All imported plants, trees, and shrubs which fall within the scope of the Destructive Insects and Pests Order of 1922, are examined by inspectors of my Department unless they are accompanied by an official health certificate. Check inspections of certi- fied consignments are carried out from time to time. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.


Is that inspection extended to any soil there may be round the roots of such plants and shrubs?


Yes, I think so, but I hope the hon. and gallant Gentleman will give me notice.

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