§ MR. LAURENCE HARDY (Kent, Ashford)
To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether he can give a complete list of the names of the fungicides in use against American gooseberry mildew on which the Board have been consulted by local authorities, and which the Board have declared to be efficient; and whether the Board will publish regularly the names of such approved fungicides, as is done in the case of sheep-dips.
(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) The preparations on which the Board have been consulted by local authorities are: (1) Chafer's dressing for American gooseberry-mildew; (2) Herrod's gooseberry-mildew dressing; (3) Simplex spray fluid; (4) V2K fluid. Each was stated to contain in the strength prescribed by the Order liver of sulphur which the Board regard as the effective fungicide. As the preparations did not appear to contain any ingredient which would reduce the efficiency of the liver of sulphur or injure the bushes, the Board raised no objection to their use. The Board do not think that any useful purpose would be served at the present time by undertaking the examination and approval of proprietary preparations.