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Pesticides

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding is available from the public purse to support the registration of crop protection products for off-label use. (236560)

[holding answer 17 November 2008]: The Government's long-term policy is that off-label applications should not benefit from funding from the public purse. However, as an interim measure, a small amount of Government support is provided in respect of those applications which, for legal reasons, cannot benefit from the subsidy available through the levy on pesticide sales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the total cost of the current process of registering crop protection products for off-label use. (236561)

[holding answer 17 November 2008]: The current cost of processing an off-label approval is £1,700. Around 150 off-label applications are processed each year indicating a total cost for the process of £255,000 per year.