HC Deb 04 November 1980 vol 991 cc538-9W
Mr. Lyell

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, having regard to the potential danger to the British oak from fungal disease carried by the American oak beetle, whether he is satisfied with the workings of current measures to prevent any import of oak bark with consignments of American oak; and on how many occasions in the past three years such consignments have been rejected by the authorities because of the discovered presence of bark.

Mr. Wiggin

I am satisfied with the measures in force to prevent the import of oak bark with consignments of American oak, and with their implementation. The Forestry Commission does not maintain a central register of import inspections, but I shall write to my hon. Friend when the relevant figures have been collated.

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