§ Mr. LAURENCE HARDY
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture what steps the Board intends to take to secure that in all counties expert officials shall be appointed under the Insects and Pests Order, 1910; whether he can state by whose advice the particular pests named in the Schedule of the Order have been selected; and for what reason the Gooseberry Mildew, which was included in the previous Order, has now been omitted, although the disease is still prevalent?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Sir Edward Strachey)
The Board will urge local authorities to appoint such inspectors as may be necessary to execute and enforce efficiently the provisions of the Order to which the hon. Member refers. The particular pests scheduled in the Order were selected on the advice of the Board's expert officers. It was not necessary to include Gooseberry Mildew in the new Order inasmuch as a special Order dealing with that pest was already in force.