HC Deb 30 November 1979 vol 974 c848W
Mr. Moate

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what change in health regulations is due to come into effect with regard to imported potatoes; if there will still be power to check individual consignments for Colorado beetle; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wiggin

Under the EEC plant health frontier directive, which is expected to take effect next year, existing provisions concerning imported potatoes will give way to a Community regime. The general effect will be that, instead of applying cut-off dates for these imports, there will be stringent requirements for the cleaning, packing and shipment of potatoes.

The United Kingdom will continue to have powers to check individual consignments for Colorado beetle and will use them.