§ Mr. Tyler
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of evidence suggesting a link between exposure to organo-phosphorous pesticides used for delousing during the Gulf war, and Gulf war syndrome; and what plans his Department has to take steps to outlaw the use of organo-phosphorous pesticides.
§ Mrs. Browning
I have made no assessment of this suggested link and have no plans to ban the use of organo-phosphorous pesticides. Pesticides cannot be marketed or used in the United Kingdom unless shown to be effective, humane and to pose no unacceptable risks to humans, non-target species or the environment. Pesticides are also routinely reviewed and may be reviewed urgently if new evidence emerges.