Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Lord Bach, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sustainable Farming and Food, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  Thank you for your letter of 15 December 2005[182] in reply to my letter of 18 November addressed to Hazel Blears.

  Sub-Committee F (Home Affairs) of the House of Lords Committee on the European Union considered your letter at a meeting on 11 January. We were very grateful for the information you provided on the measures taken to ensure that ammonium nitrate based fertilisers are stored in secure conditions. It is useful to know that there is awareness of this problem.

  Fertilisers are of course a valuable commodity which farmers will naturally safeguard. Nevertheless the Committee believe that, even if a fertiliser is "wherever possible ... [stored] ... inside a locked building or compound", this will not be much of a deterrent to anyone who wishes to steal it for use in manufacturing explosives. We hope therefore that you will discourage the Commission from burdening the industry with further regulations regarding the storage of fertiliser, since these will have no practical utility.

19 January 2006

182   Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, p 532. Back

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