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Volume 704: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have held discussions with the relevant local authorities and other associations over their role in containing the spread of ragwort on land under their stewardship. [HL5318]

No recent discussions have been held with local authorities or other associations specifically about controlling the five injurious weeds including common ragwort (senecio jacobaea) covered by the Weeds Act 1959. But Defra has published a code of practice on how to prevent the spread of ragwort and alongside Natural England is willing to work with local authorities and other associations on this matter if further guidance is required.