Imports of ash trees are to be banned from today in an attempt to stop the spread of a disease which has devastated them in Europe.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said on Saturday he was "ready to go" with legislation to ban ash imports which have been blamed for introducing the Chalara fraxinea fungus to the UK.
I have already prepared the legislation and we are ready to go.
The evidence is clearly there. There will be a ban on Monday.
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