HC Deb 02 July 1931 vol 254 c1486W

asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) if he will state the number of inspectors in his Department whose whole-time duties are to examine the imports of plants, shrubs, or trees from foreign sources, and the ports at which they are stationed;

(2) if there are any ports where foreign plants, shrubs, and trees enter this country at which there is no whole-time inspector?


None of the Ministry's inspectors is wholly employed on the inspection of imported plants, trees and shrubs. All the Ministry's staff of horticultural inspectors, numbering 30, are available for this duty and give to it such time as may be required. The second question does not arise on the facts I have stated, but I may say that inspectors are stationed at or near all the principal ports of entry for such produce.