§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what research has been carried out to establish the incidence of death among wild birds attributable to metaldehyde; what have been the results of the research; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Trippier
Deaths of wild birds from pesticides are investigated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food's wildlife incident scheme. I understand that of the 900 such incidents investigated between 1984–1989, only six were found to involve metaldehyde.