§ Joan Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is the aim of his Department to encourage ways of improving the use of pesticides to minimise residues to the extent that they are not detectable at the point of sale. 
§ Ms Blears
The Department have consulted the Food Standards Agency which has provided the following response.361W
The Agency acknowledges that consumers want food which contains a minimum of pesticide residues even though the authorisation system sets limits for residues in food which protect human health. The Agency is currently drawing up an action plan with the aim of encouraging ways of improving the use of pesticides to minimise residues.