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Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what advice he has given to (a) local authorities, and (b) British Rail about the use of pesticides to prevent them leaching into water supplies; and if he will make a statement.

The Department of Environment has commissioned a study of non-agricultural uses of herbicides and the Advisory Committee on Pesticides is reviewing as a priority those herbicides found most frequently in water. Advice may be issued to local authorities and British Rail in the light of these initiatives.