Labour has criticised the Government for responding slowly to the ash tree crisis, after it emerged in a written answer ministers had been told about the presence of ash dieback in the UK in April.
Ministers were told about the presence of ash dieback in the country on April 3 yet waited till October 29 to ban ash imports.
This seven-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.
Experts say little can be done to stop the spread of 'Ash dieback' the disease threatening to devastate the UK's ash trees.
One of the UK's biggest tree growers will seek damages from the government after losing thousands of trees to ash dieback disease.
The disease threatening to wipe out the majority of Britain's ash trees may have spread - as experts say an import ban was too slow.