Ash Dieback Disease

Part of Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 12th November 2012.

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Photo of Graham Jones Graham Jones Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons) 5:15 pm, 12th November 2012

The Minister said that he has received an assessment of the number of trees infected. Perhaps he could enlighten me on the answer I have received from Rossendale borough council. It states:

“Currently we are not aware of any infected trees in Rossendale. However, the announcement regarding the disease came when our ash trees had already dropped their leaves for winter and, therefore, it is not possible to identify symptoms positively until next spring at the earliest.”