HC Deb 28 April 1995 vol 258 cc716-7W
Mr. Mackinlay

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his answer of 18 April,Official Report, column 57, under which sections of the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 Stapro insecticide was used at Grays benefit office on 5 October 1991. [21141]

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 28 April 1995: The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about under which sections of the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986, Stapro Insecticide was used at Grays Unemployment Benefit Office on 5 October 1991. You will wish to note that, according to our records, spraying actually took place on 8 October 1991. My colleagues at the Health and Safety Executive advise me that Regulations 4(5) of the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 allows use of a pesticide that has been approved by Ministers under regulation 5, provided that

  1. (a) the conditions of approval are complied with, and
  2. (b) the requirements of the consent of use (Schedule 3 as amended) are followed.
The Regulations do not tie the use of pesticides to specific premises, but the conditions of approval specify, for example, who can use the product, the application method and the necessary precautions.