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Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, columns 308-09W, on pesticides, how much funding the Government has provided in respect of off-label applications; and when he expects the interim period to end. (243523)

The cost of off-label approvals is being increased incrementally in six stages beginning in April 2007 and ending in April 2012. During this period, the total funding being provided by Government are estimated at £175,000.