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Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce controls over the use of the herbicide atrazine; and if he will make a statement.

The herbicide atrazine is subject to the strict controls on all pesticides introduced in the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985. It is on the Government's red list of substances whose inputs to the aquatic environment must be reduced substantially.The Advisory Committee on Pesticides is conducting a review of all pesticides registered before 1981, and intends to give atrazine a high priority.