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Pesticides

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1988.

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Photo of Jimmy Hood Jimmy Hood , Clydesdale 12:00 am, 9th November 1988

Will the Minister acknowledge that his Government have announced cuts of £31·5 million in agricultural research in the United Kingdom, £2·37 million of which will be cut from Scottish agricultural research, which will have a devastating effect on scientists, jobs and their good work on behalf of consumers? Does he agree that those cuts will cost 79 jobs—10 per cent. of such jobs? Does he also agree that the research is into the safe use of pesticides in agriculture to make food free from pesticide pollution? Will he tell the House how he can support such ridiculous cuts?