§ Miss Quennell
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether, in view of the accumulating evidence of severe side-effects associated with the use of the chemical trichlorphon as a cattle dressing against warble-fly, he will instruct the Agricultural Research Council to investigate its properties fully.
§ Mr. Peart
I am not aware of any accumulating evidence of severe side-effects associated with the proper use of this substance. I am, however, asking local veterinary inspectors to report any cases of illness in cattle following treatment to my veterinary investigation officers. I am not responsible for the work of the Agricultural Research Council, which is under the supervision of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science, but the Council will be informed of any results of my enquiries which may suggest that further research is desirable.