Both are being "reconstituted" as expert committees. The two committees were on last week's list of quangos being axed by the Government as part of the budget cuts, despite the industry's efforts to save them both.
The BCPC, along with the Crop Protection Association Fresh Produce Consortium, NFU, Agricultural Industries Confederation and Country Land & Business Association, sent a letter to Defra secretary Caroline Spelman arguing that the committees help ensure public confidence in the regulation and use of pesticides and provide independent advice.
Ruscoe said: "I have not seen any information on what transformation is going to occur so it's difficult to comment, but one can be sure that something will take its place because it's a job that has to be done as part of the regulatory process. I am optimistic. I am hoping that they will be reborn in some form fit for purpose."
Earlier this month, the Pesticide Residues Committee published its 2009 annual report, showing "a high rate of compliance with legislation relating to the use of pesticides and maximum residue levels" and that "the pesticide residues found were not likely to pose a risk to consumer health".
In 60.8 per cent of the food sampled, no pesticide residues were found. Some 1.1 per cent contained residues above the permitted maximum levels.