HC Deb 15 February 1973 vol 850 c379W
14. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now ban the use of dieldrin as a seed dressing, in view of its continuing danger to birds and wildlife.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

Persistent pesticides of this kind are withdrawn when satisfactory alternatives become available. As yet there is no such alternative to dieldrin as a seed dressing. Meantime the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and Other Toxic Chemicals prescribes—and keeps under review—the precautions needed to safeguard wildlife.