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Research (Fort Detrick)

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if the Agriculture Research Council's Institute of Animal Physiology at Babraham, or any other institution within his sphere of responsibility, has carried out research on chemical or biological agents, derived from Fort Detrick in the United States of America, in addition to that in relation to shellfish toxin; and if he will make a statement.

Other than the instance described in my reply on 14 January 1980 to the previous question from the hon. Member—[Vol. 95, 573–574]—I am aware of only one sample received from Fort Detrick. This chemical agent was used in the 1950s by the Agriculture Research Council's former Unit of Experimental Agronomy, in connection with a programme on the control of wild oats.