HC Deb 26 May 1960 vol 624 cc71-2W
69. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many cases, during the last week, have been reported to him of the finding of Colorado beetles in the United Kingdom; and what precautions he is taking to reduce the risk of the spread of these insects.

Mr. John Hare

Colorado beetles have been reported on four occasions in the week ended 24th May; all were in England. Only five beetles were involved and all were associated with imported produce or aircraft. As no breeding colonies were found, it was not necessary to utilise the special resources of my Colorado beetle depot, where spraying machinery and chemicals are kept ready for emergencies. My officers are maintaining their vigilance at the ports and inland, and the public has been asked to look out for further beetles.