Trees: Import Controls

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to an immediate and total ban on the import of (1) oak, and (2) olive, trees.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Protecting our country from pests and diseases is vital to safeguarding our environment, economy and health. Globalisation in trade and increased travel means threats to plant health are increasing, but we have a strong response in place.

Emergency measures were introduced in England on 15th July to stop the import of mature oak trees, unless robust conditions are met, to prevent the further introduction of this pest and protect the health of oak in the UK.

When considering prevention of the spread of Xylella fastidiosa to the UK, we already have strict regulations in place. However, we review the risk situation continuously and are currently considering a range of options for olive trees, including a full ban on imports.

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