- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Assembly Questions
Supplementary Question to the Minister for Environment & Sustainable Development
Mike Hedges AM:
Minister, could you provide an update on the progress in the test areas of the native Japanese insect that was introduced when your predecessor was in post to try to stop knotweed? When will the results of the tests be available so that the programme can hopefully be rolled out and the knotweed problem, which greatly affects my constituency, can be eradicated?
John Griffiths AM:
I thank Mike Hedges for that question. That control effort of what is essentially a sap-sucking insect is proceeding under licence. We are now into the third year in terms of the release of the insect into a number of sites around England and Wales, but although it is being closely monitored, it is too early to assess its effectiveness. I am happy to write to the Member with an indication of when we might expect meaningful results.