HC Deb 05 July 1988 vol 136 c499W
Dr. Godman

To ask the Prime Minister if she will list the six Departments whose joint approval is required for pesticides, as indicated in the answer of 27 June,Official Report, column 85; and if she will specify the precise responsibility of each Department concerned.

The Prime Minister

The approval of pesticides under part III of the Food and Environment Protection Act is the joint responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Department of Health and Social Security, the Department of the Environment, the Department of Employment and the Scottish and Welsh Offices.

No precise responsibilities for individual Departments are laid down in legislation, but Departments consider their normal areas of responsibility in exercising their functions in relation to pesticides.