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Volume 702: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they support the proposed European Union pesticide regulations. [HL3942]

The Government agree that plant protection products should be properly controlled, and support much of the proposed regulation, particularly where it would improve harmonisation and help level the playing field in pesticide availability. The Government are, however, concerned that the proposals for hazard cut-off criteria could remove some active substances which are very important for agriculture and horticulture, but without securing any meaningful benefit in terms of consumer safety. We are pressing for changes to address these concerns.

We understand that the presidency is considering a revised proposal for presentation to the June Agriculture Council.