HC Deb 19 April 1983 vol 41 cc57-8W
Mr. Mason

asked the Minister for Trade if he will list the steps he has taken to warn anglers of the potential carcinogenicity of chrysoidine dye since his reply on 14 February, Official Report, c. 64; if he is now satisfied that anglers are being adequately warned and protected; if consideration is being given to banning its production; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sproat

As my hon. Friend told the hon. Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Torney) on 8 March—[Vol. 38, c.332] — the Department has written to five periodicals catering for coarse fishing interests asking them to draw their readers' attention to the advice of the DHSS committee on carcinogenicity about not putting chrysoidine-treated maggots in the mouth. We have also given this advice to the British Association of Fishing Tackle Makers and Distributors, the National Anglers Council and the National Federation of Anglers to enable them to inform their members. My hon. Friend does not consider that anything further is called for at present, but he will keep the matter under review.