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Lord Lucas: Action would be taken under the Plant Health (Great Britain) Order 1993, which gives powers to inspectors to impose restrictions on any plant found to be emitting waste containing quarantine organisms. The measures required would depend on the circumstances at the time but would normally involve heat treatment and disposal in such a way as to remove any risk posed by this waste.
Lord Lucas: Assessment of data submitted by an applicant for a marketing authorisation for a veterinary medicinal or pesticide product is carried out against statutory scientific criteria including safety and efficacy, before advice is given on whether an authorisation for that product should be granted. This includes consideration of whether any individual ingredient in the formulation could have a synergistic or potentiating effect on the active ingredient in the finished product.
Lord Lucas: As Top Clip Gold Shield sheep dip was already on the market when the provisions of the Medicines Act 1968 came into effect in 1971, it was granted a Product Licence of Right in accordance with Section 25 of the Act. This licence was subsequently varied in January 1979 to authorise the use of the product in the control of sheep scab. A further variation was granted in April 1980, to permit the use of CS Disinfectant as a bacteriostat if dipping could not be completed on the day the dip was prepared. This followed consideration by the Veterinary Products Committee of its use in conjunction with the sheep dip.
Lord Lucas: I am not aware of a 28-day withdrawal period being imposed for CS Disinfectant. If the noble Countess could provide me with any details she has, I will arrange for them to be looked into and will write to her, placing a copy in the Library of the House.
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