10 July 1998
Pesticides act to become law

By Press Association
A MEASURE to give ministers power to make public information on all pesticides gained Royal Assent last night and now becomes law.

The Pesticides Act, piloted by Labours Ben Bradshaw (Exeter), is aimed at combating health fears on food.

Earlier this year, Mr Bradshaw highlighted the fact that ministers only had powers to release information on pesticides approved since 1995, or older ones that have been reviewed since then. At least 200 were awaiting review.

He said information on only a fraction of products was available to the public. The Act will enable the Government to release information on all pesticides without having to wait for their review to be completed. It also gives councils seizure and disposal powers.