HL Deb 26 February 1987 vol 485 cc430-1WA
Lord Melchett

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How long after USA's Environmental Protection Agency's decision to ban the pesticide dinoseb was information about (a) the fact that the pesticide had been banned and (b) the justification for such a ban made available to them.

The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Belstead)

The Environmental Protection Agency issued an emergency order suspending all registrations of pesticide products containing dinoseb on 7th October and published it in the Federal Register on 14th October. My department received news of this decision from the British Embassy during October. Official confirmation, including the reasons for the decision, was received from the United States Government on 31st October.