HC Deb 27 November 1958 vol 596 cc63-4W
53 and 57. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will now make a full statement on the results of his research on the fluorine poisons which had a serious effect on cattle at the Fenton Farm in the city of Stoke-on-Trent;

(2) on what date he first received a communication from the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, South, on the dangers of fluorine poisons; how many further communications he has since received from the same hon. Member; and if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the undertakings which he has given in response to these communications.

Mr. John Hare

As the hon. Member was informed in the reply given to him on 1st August, 1957, a full report of the work at Fenton Manor Farm cannot be made until the experiments have been completed, and this will probably not be before the end of 1959.

The hon. Member first wrote on 16th June, 1952. Since then six letters and six Parliamentary Questions have been answered, and three interim reports on investigations at Fenton Manor Farm into the effect of fluorine poisoning on farm livestock have been sent to him as promised. The only undertakings I have been able to trace are promises to keep the hon. Member informed of progress. This has been done and I shall continue to do so.

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