Oral Answers to Questions — Hormone Selective Weed Killers

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1966.

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Photo of Sir Frederick Burden Sir Frederick Burden , Gillingham 12:00 am, 20th July 1966

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is aware that some hormone selective weed killers are a danger to the health and life of human beings and animals; and what steps are taken to clear them for use and ensure that dangerous specifications are not put into use.

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

The Advisory Committee on Pesticides and Other Toxic Chemicals subjects weed killers to rigorous scrutiny before making recommendations for their safe use and before they are cleared through the Pesticides Safety Precautions Scheme.

Photo of Sir Frederick Burden Sir Frederick Burden , Gillingham

I understand the interest of the party opposite in pesticides at the moment, but will the hon. Gentleman give an undertaking that really great attention is being paid to this matter, because it is causing grave concern in the country?

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

Yes, Sir. I can give the hon. Member that assurance.

Photo of Mr Robin Maxwell-Hyslop Mr Robin Maxwell-Hyslop , Tiverton

Does the Minister to agree that it looks as if the Treasury Bench needs a little selective weed killer at the moment?

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

I am encouraged in that view from the position I am looking from just now.

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

It is obviously time to move away from Questions.