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Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to remove ragwort (a) in Eddisbury constituency and (b) nationally in 2009; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of ragwort which has been removed. (295608)

Natural England investigates complaints about injurious weeds on behalf of DEFRA. During 2009, Natural England has issued 189 enforcement notices under the Weeds Act 1959 requiring occupiers to take action to prevent injurious weeds spreading to neighbouring land. Of these 189 enforcement notices, 15 were issued by the Natural England office in Worcester which covers the Eddisbury constituency area. It is not possible to be specific about the number issued for the Eddisbury constituency, nor is it possible to provide an estimate of what proportion of ragwort has been removed because this information is not held centrally.