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 Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Labour, Brent North 5:15 pm, 12th November 2012

The Minister is being extremely generous and courteous in giving way so often; I am grateful. He said that the first time the disease was positively identified was in April this year in stocks in a nursery. Can he therefore explain to the House, because this question is being widely asked, why it was not considered appropriate at that point to introduce a ban on imported ash seedlings? Many people look at this and say, “It was found in a nursery and we knew that these were imported seedlings, so why was the ban not put in place at that point?”