HC Deb 20 February 1941 vol 369 c308W
Mr. Wootton-Davies

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will take steps to ensure that oats which would be sown for 1941 are tested for germination, and are dressed with one of the known compounds to check various plant diseases?

Mr. Hudson

The Seeds Act, 1920, requires the seller of seed oats to deliver to the buyer a statement certifying that the seeds have been tested in accordance with the Act, and giving the percentage of germination. The dressing of seed oats is not compulsory, but the Ministry does all it can to encourage the practice, which is extensively followed. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of a leaflet on the subject.