HC Deb 01 February 1967 vol 740 cc107-8W
Mr. Buchanan-Smith

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is currently being spent by his Department on research into the disposal of farm wastes; how many projects are being carried out; and where these are taking place.

Mr. John Mackie

Research on poultry wastes is being carried out at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, with the aid of a grant from our Department of up to £1,000 in the current year. Various aspects of the problem of disposal of farm wastes are being studied jointly by our Department's technical services as part of their advisory work but it is not practicable to state the cost. A senior N.A.A.S. officer has been assigned to specialise in the problem of poultry manure disposal. The questions being studied include the evaluation of farm wastes, and methods of handling of effluent from intensive livestock units and the problems associated with its distribution on the land. There have also been discussions with the

Mr. John Mackie

The following is the latest information for England and Wales comparable figures are not available for the United Kingdom. Figures for 1966 will be ready shortly and I will send them to my hon. Friend.

agricultural chemicals industry on the safe disposal of unused pesticide and veterinary products.