Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2003-04
9 July 2004 New inquiry into progress on pesticides

9 July 2004 New inquiry into progress on pesticides

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into issues related to progress on pesticides.

The inquiry is intended to review progress made under the Voluntary Initiative to minimise the environmental impacts of pesticide use, and in particular to assess whether the Voluntary Initiative is proving successful; and to look into related matters, such as the proposal for a pesticides tax.

The Committee invites all interested parties to submit written evidence which addresses these matters. The deadline for the submission of evidence is Friday 8 October 2004. More information about the required format of submissions is given below.

More information about the Voluntary Initiative can be found on the Voluntary Initiative website, at http://www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk.

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Evidence should be submitted in Word or WordPerfect formats, and should be sent by e-mail to combsl@parliament.uk. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.