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Pesticides

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many incidents of butterflies killed by pesticides were reported to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides through the wildlife incident monitoring service, by species in each of the last five years.

[pursuant to her reply, 7 May 1985, c. 322]: No incidents involving butterflies have been reported to the wildlife incident investigation scheme.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list those experiments or surveys which his Department has conducted, commissioned or is aware of, regarding the impact of pesticides on butterflies on or around farmland in the United Kingdom.

[pursuant to her reply, 7 May 1985, c. 322]: Information on surveillance programmes and the effects of pesticides on butterflies is given in the paper "The Environmental Cost of Pesticide Usage in the United Kingdom", published in 1983, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. In addition, the game conservancy, cereal and game bird project is monitoring the effect on butterfly populations of applying pesticides to cereal field margins.