§ Mr. Robert Banks
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the powers of the inspectorate for plant health.219W
§ Mr. Curry
The powers of the plant health and seeds inspectorate are set out in the Plant Health (Great Britain) Order 1987.
The inspectorate is empowered to take appropriate action to ensure that a high plant health status is maintained, consistent with the necessity to allow the continuation of trade wherever possible. This will continue under the single market arrangements for plant health which are due to come into force on 1 June this year.