Ash Dieback Disease

Part of Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:52 pm on 12th November 2012.

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Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence) 4:52 pm, 12th November 2012

My hon. Friend is absolutely right about the need for public awareness. The nursery men—the people working closest to the new saplings coming in, and planting them out—say exactly the same: they were unaware. This is a very complex issue. Some 7,000 young saplings have been burned near Honiton, and the disease has turned up south-west of Exeter; we are really worried in the south-west. Should the Government not have given more information earlier?