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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09987: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 28 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding preventing the introduction of Xylella fastidiosa in imported plant products.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 19 July 2017

The Scottish Government has worked closely with DEFRA, and other parts of the UK Plant Health Service, in relation to Xylellafastidiosa. An example of this is by participation by officials in the monthly UK Plant Health Risk Group meetings. This is a UK-wide cross Government department group, chaired by DEFRA, that reviews threats to plant health.

The on-going threat of Xylella has been discussed monthly at Plant Health Risk Group meetings. The Group also prepares the UK positions for discussions on this pathogen which are held frequently at the monthly EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF).