HC Deb 18 December 1961 vol 651 cc110-1W
67. Sir W. Bromley-Davenport

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the exact nature of the restrictions which have been agreed with manufacturers and other interests concerned as to the use of toxic chemicals such as aldrin, dieldrin and heptachlor which have adverse effects on wild life; and to what extent these restrictions will still leave it possible for such chemicals to be used in farming practice.

Mr. Vane

It has been agreed with the manufacturers and other interests concerned that from 1st January seed dressings containing dieldrin, aldrin or heptachlor will not be used on spring sown grain, and that they may be used on autumn and winter sown wheat only if there is a real danger of attack from wheat bulb fly. Until further notice and subject to Government recommendations for safe use, these chemicals may continue to be used in other ways, such as in dressings applied to other kinds of seeds, in sprays or dusts, or incorporated with fertilisers, for the control of wire-worm and other soil pests.

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