§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the pesticide active ingredients for which the agro-chemical companies are not submitting data for review, giving the year of their initial approval; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gummer
Agro-chemical companies have, so far, taken commercial decisions not to submit data for review in respect of 20 pesticide active ingredients:
Active ingredient Date of first approval Aluminium Silicate 1969 Anthraquinone 1962 Barban 1980 Benzethonium Chloride Pre 1986 Carbophenothion 1966 Chlorthiamid 1962 2, 4-DES 1968 Di-allate 1978 Ditalimfos 1974 Fenchlorphos 1975 Fenoprop 1965 Flamprop-methyl 1980 Fluoroacetamide 1980 Mevinphos 1980 Oxine Copper 1961 Quinonamid Pre 1979 2, 4, 5-T 1962 Tar acids 1970 Thionazin 1981 Thiourea 1983
Approval for the advertisement, sale, supply, storage and use by the approval holders—and their agents—of pesticides based on these active ingredients was revoked on 1 March 1991. Since no safety concerns relating to approved uses of these pesticides have been identified, approval for up to two years has been given to allow stocks already on the market to be used or disposed of safely.
Where necessary, action will be taken to revoke approvals for any products where reasonable steps are not taken to support continuing use.