24 February 2000
Ministers ‘shirked duty’ over lindane

MINISTERS have been accused of a “dereliction of duty” for not investigating why pesticide lindane is still used in Britain when other countries have banned it.

Lindane has been linked to cancer and has been outlawed in at least 14 countries, including Germany Sweden and Holland.

In answer a question from to Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, junior farming minister Joyce Quin said Britain had not inquired why lindane was banned overseas because “our decisions are based on evidence and advice given to UK ministers about uses here”.

Mr Baker said: “This seems a dereliction of duty. Perhaps ministers dont want to ask the questions because they know what the answers will be.”