HC Deb 16 December 1963 vol 686 cc822-3
4. Mr. Farr

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has yet received the Report of the Advisory Committee on Poisonous Substances on the use of chlorinated hydrocarbon in agriculture and in gardens; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Soames

I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Hertfordshire, South-West (Mr. Longden) on 2nd December.

Mr. Farr

May I take the opportunity of refreshing my right hon. Friend's memory that in reply to hon. Members in this House last summer he indicated that in view of their concern the matter would be referred to the Advisory Committee on Poisonous Substances, which would report to him and, presumably, to the House? That is the Report to which I am referring, and I should be most grateful to know when it will be available.

Mr. Soames

That is the report to which I also was referring. The reply to which I referred my hon. Friend was that which I gave on 2nd December to the effect that I was hoping that the Committee might be able to complete its review on chlorinated hydro-carbon early in the New Year.

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