HC Deb 05 April 1995 vol 257 c1298W
Mr. Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action his Department has taken to(a) reduce the use of agriculture pesticides and (b) set national pesticide reduction standards. [18875]

Mr. Atkins

It is the Government's policy to minimise the use of pesticides through the rigorous approval and review of products, through guidance to users and through research and development. Targets for reducing emissions of certain pesticides to the marine environment have been agreed by the international conferences on the protection of the North sea.