HC Deb 30 November 1949 vol 470 cc103-4W
Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he has considered the results of investigations in Germany into the chocolate spot disease, which also seriously affects bean crops in this country; and if farmers are being advised how to prevent the disease.

Mr. T. Williams

I have no information about recent investigations carried out in Germany on chocolate spot of beans and would be glad of any the hon. Member may have. Investigations into the disease are being carried out in this, country at Cambridge University and by the National Agricultural Advisory Service at Bristol. No direct means of preventing the disease are yet known, but advice is given to farmers on methods of cultivation which serve indirectly to minimise epidemics.