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Government's ash dieback delay

Parliamentary Answer today reveals Ministers first told of ash dieback in April

Ash imports were not banned until 29 October

Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, commenting on the latest information on ash dieback disease in the UK, said:

“Ministers were told about the presence of ash dieback in the country on April 3rd yet waited till October 29th to ban ash imports.  This 7 month delay is a tragic example of the appalling incompetence and inertia which is a hallmark of this Government.   

“Scientists tell us the disease loves wet conditions and spreads from June to October but Ministers failed to get a ban in place over the summer months. We have had the wettest summer on record and I fear, have lost a year in our fight against this terrible disease.”

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