§ Mr. Mackinlay
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment for what purpose Permetherin pesticide was sprayed in the Grays benefit office on 8 October 1991. 
§ Miss Widdecombe
Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service Agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from M. E. G. Fogden to Mr. Andrew Mackinlay, dated 18 April 1995:The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about the use of Permethrin pesticide in the Grays Unemployment Benefit Office on 8 October 1991.A product known as Stapro Insecticide, which contains Permethrin, was used in the Grays office on 8 October 1991, in response to a suspected infestation of insects. Spraying was carried out by an external contractor.The contractor has assured the Employment Service that the insecticide used was approved under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 and that the manufacturers instructions were followed. I am further assured by the Health and Safety. Executive that this pesticide is approved for use under these circumstances. Indeed, Permethrin is an active ingredient in a wide range of products, including household fly sprays and flea treatments.I hope this is helpful.