§ Mr. George Howarth
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the continued use of the banned substance chrysoidine in the maggot dying process; and what further proposals he has to enforce the ban.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
Chrysoidine is not a banned substance although the Department of Health has considered the potential risk, especially of cancer, posed to anglers by chrysoidine on a number of occasions in the past. When it was last reviewed in 1985, the Department of Health reaffirmed its earlier advice that it would be prudent for anglers who wanted to use chrysoidine to avoid skin contact with the dye by, for example, using gloves when handling the dye or when baiting hooks with dyed maggots. The Government conveyed this advice to the National Federation of Anglers and the angling press at the time.