§ 31. Mr. Janner
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the recent verdict of death by misadventure on a woman who died after drinking water contaminated by an arsenical potato spray mixture, what action he proposes to take with regard to the coroner's recommendation that these arsenical sprays should be prohibited.
§ The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. John Hare)
This matter has been urgently considered by the Advisory Committee on Poisonous Substances used in Agriculture and Food 660 Storage, whose recommendations are now being discusssed with the agricultural and chemical industries. I hope to be in a position to make a statement shortly.
§ Mr. Janner
Whilst thanking the Minister for that reply and complimenting him on retaining his office, may I ask him whether he will take into consideration that there are substitutes of a much less dangerous nature which can be used in an effective way for this purpose and bring them to the notice of the Committee on this subject?
§ Mr. Woodburn
Will the right hon. Gentleman look into the whole question of the effect of spraying fruit and the troubles caused by arsenical indigestion and things of that kind, because this also applies to apples and a great many other fruits?