§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the summer use of(a) organophosphates and (b) pyrethroids on the numbers and range of songbirds. 
§ Mr. Kynoch
[holding answer 12 February 1997]: The Department of the Environment and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee commissioned a consortium, comprising Oxford University and a number of nature conservation organisations including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, to carry out a review of available information on the indirect effects of pesticides on farmland birds. The results are expected to be published later this year.