HC Deb 04 December 1952 vol 508 c1739
24. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Agriculture his plans for intensified research into agricultural problems, particularly on the effect of the use of pesticides.

Sir T. Dugdale

Agricultural research including research on pesticides is being intensified as far as economic conditions allow. For details of current work I would refer the hon. Member to the Agricultural Research Council's "Index of Agricultural Research in Progress," published by the Stationery Office.

Dr. Stross

Will the Minister bear in mind that the current view is that some of these compounds are absorbed by growing plants, and, therefore, that the use of some of them, like the phosphorus compounds, may be very dangerous to human beings, even in small amounts? Will he watch the whole matter carefully?

Sir T. Dugdale

Yes, Sir.