§ Sir Nicholas Lyell
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his oral statement of 25 July 2000,Official Report, column 1090, on what basis he confines his Department's responsibility for the control of ragwort to seeding ragwort which is growing only on agricultural land as defined by the Agriculture Act 1947. [R] 
§ Mr. Morley
MAFF deals with all complaints under the Weeds Act on their own merits, but gives priority to complaints where farmland or farmed animals are at risk. Such cases will normally be in respect of "agricultural land".