§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what examination he has made of the chemical Vitricin, which has been shown in laboratory trials to kill the fungus that causes Dutch elm disease; if this antidote could be used to prevent the further loss of elm trees; and if he and the Forestry Commission consider it worth while to make more widely known the potential curative advantages of Vitricin.
§ Mr. Strang
The Forestry Commission is aware of the results of laboratory trials with Vitricin and is considering its possible use against Dutch elm disease. This chemical is not produced commercially and as a first step, the Commission is trying to obtain a sufficient quantity to use in field trials.