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Crop Spraying

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what recent representations he has received about crop spraying on or near to built-up areas;(2) when he expects to issue a consultation paper on crop spraying in or near to built-up areas; and if he will make a statement.

Since the enactment of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 we have received a number of inquiries from hon. Members about restricting crop spraying activities in or near bult-up areas. The Government recently circulated for comment their proposals for strengthening the already considerable controls in this area in the consultative document issued on 1 November, which deals with the regulations to be made under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 to control the use of all pesticides. A copy of the document has been placed in the Library of the House.