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Written Answers

Volume 413: debated on Thursday 23 October 1980

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Written Answers

Pesticides: Advisory Committee's Reports

asked Her Majesty's Government:

  • (a) What reports have been made by the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and whether they will place copies in the Library of the House; and
  • (b) Whether the Advisory Committee on Pesticides has made any recommendations on 2, 4, 5-T and if so, whether they will be published.
  • The reports which have been published by the Advisory Committee on Pesticides are as follows:Review of the Persistent Organochlorine Pesticides; and supplementary report (1964) (published under the Committee's previous title, the Advisory Committee on Poisonous Substances Used in Agriculture and Food Storage).Review of the Present Safety Arrangements for the Use of Toxic Chemicals in Agriculture and Food Storage (1967).The Collection of Residue Data (1969).Further Review of Certain Persistent Organochlorine Pesticides Used in Great Britain (1969).Review of the Safety for Use in the UK of the Herbicide 2, 4, 5-T (1979).A copy of the last-named report in the above list is in the Library of the House; the earlier reports are out of print but copies are available from the main Library of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.The Committee made recommendations on 2, 4, 5-T herbicides in its published 1979 report, and I am sending the noble Lord a copy. The Committee is at present engaged in a further review and its report will be published.

    Greek Students: Higher Education Fees

    asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether it is true that within the United Kingdom Greek students will be treated as overseas students for fee-paying purposes for the spring and summer terms 1981 at institutions for higher education and whether there is any provision under European Community legislation which allows for this discrimination against Community nationals.

    Greek students will continue to pay fees at the appropriate rate for overseas students in the spring and summer terms 1981 at institutions of higher and further education in Great Britain. The intention is that such students should be treated as European Community students and thus qualify for the home rates of tuition fee with effect from 1st September, 1981. Student admissions is not one of the subjects of the Treaty of Rome and discrimination in the charging of fees for students whose homes are in other member states is not prohibited under Community legislation.

    National Parks: Moorland Conservation

    asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will state their intentions for moorland conservation in the National Parks?

    My right honourable friends the Secretary of State for the Environment and the Secretary of State for Wales intend to seek in the Wildlife and Countryside Bill a reserve power for Ministers to make orders which would require 12 months' notice of proposed farming operations on moorland in national parks but would permit the farmers to go ahead unless the national park authority had objected within 3 months. In Exmoor, on the initiative of the National Farmers' Union and the Country Landowners' Association, voluntary arrangements for 12 months' notice have now been agreed. The reserve power will not be invoked for Exmoor as long as these voluntary arrangements are being observed. Nor is there any present intention of invoking it for other national parks.Because we regard the Exmoor situation as exceptional my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment will support the National Park Committee's moorland conservation expenditure at the special rate of 90 per cent. instead of 75 per cent. beginning in 1981–82.A paper indicating all the intended provisions on moorland and other countryside matters in the Bill is about to be issued and a copy will be placed in the parliamentary Libraries.House adjourned at twenty-four minutes past seven o'clock.