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Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effects on agricultural production of the use of (a) Aminopyralid and (b) manure containing Aminopyralid; what recent representations he has received on such use; whether he plans to relicense Aminopyralid; and if he will make a statement. (283464)

Aminopyralid is known to be a useful herbicide for control of broadleaved weeds in high production grassland.

The Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) considered applications for approval of two aminopyralid products for use on grassland at their 337th and 338th meetings on 12 May and 30 June 2009.

The minutes of the 337th meeting can be found on the ACP website and the minutes of the 338th meeting will be posted there in due course:

DEFRA has received a number of representations from individuals and allotment organisations concerned about the possibility of manure containing aminopyralid becoming available to gardeners. The applications for approval of these new products include tighter restrictions than previous approvals and the company concerned has plans for a stewardship programme to ensure that the risk of aminopyralid containing manure entering the supply chain is minimised.

Ministers will consider whether the issues raised have been adequately addressed and approvals can be granted when advice is received from the ACP.