I thank my hon. Friend for the facility of his Reply but will he bear in mind that his Department could helpfully advise the Minister of Agriculture that many of the substances in use, such as pesticides, for instance, have, after a lapse of time, had unforeseen side-effects which had they been anticipated would have saved much distress?
This may be the case, but non-nutritive substances such as my hon. Friend has in mind are liable to be considered under the Veterinary Products Safety Precautions Scheme. This is a matter which is under constant scrutiny.
Has the hon. Gentleman noted the fact that the Minister of Agriculture tends to be on the defensive on this matter when he is questioned in the way in which the hon. Lady the Member for Petersfield (Miss Quennell) has questioned the hon. Gentleman? But the Minister of Agriculture is concerned with cattle and agricultural substances while the Minister of Health has a duty to look after human beings. Will the hon. Gentleman, therefore, accept the implication in the hon. Lady's Question and see that his right hon. Friend makes an investigation into what is happening to us?