HC Deb 04 February 1960 vol 616 cc1215-6
35. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what further action he proposes to take to ensure the safer use of insecticides.

Mr. John Hare

The existing arrangements whereby all insecticides that may present a toxic hazard are examined by the Advisory Committee on Poisonous Substances used in Agriculture and Food Storage, together with the measures recently announced, should provide adequate protection.

Mr. Willey

In view of one or two cases which have been given publicity recently, would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that he ought to exercise the present powers a little more widely, and that there is a case for the extended use of those powers without waiting for a further report?

Mr. Hare

As the hon. Gentleman knows, I have taken action on these arsenic haulm destroyers. I have announced the setting up of a special research body together with my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister for Science and other Ministers. We are expecting a report from that body. The matter is being carefully considered.

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