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Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (25 November 2014)

Lord de Mauley: ...import ban from the CAP Crisis Reserve. These Member States also supported a common declaration tabled by France setting out their opposition. Lord De Mauley expressed sympathy with Member States who have been heavily impacted by the illegal and unjustified trade measures imposed by Russia. However, he made clear that the Commission’s proposal was part of much wider budget...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (25 November 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...import ban from the CAP crisis reserve. These member states also supported a common declaration tabled by France setting out their opposition. Lord de Mauley expressed sympathy with member states who have been heavily impacted by the illegal and unjustified trade measures imposed by Russia. However, he made clear that the Commission’s proposal was part of much wider budget...

Points of Order (24 November 2014)

John Bercow: ...—the Secretary of State will not do that. What I would say to the hon. Gentleman, in so far as he requires my protection or advice, is that he needs to pursue his usual approach, which is to be a busy bee. He should table questions and, in a legitimate, parliamentary sense, nag. In my experience of the hon. Gentleman, he requires no encouragement to do just that.

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Committee (18 November 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Faulks: .... It is said to be rather unworthy of Parliament that we should be sending a message. The noble Lord, Lord Pannick, who shows the breadth of his allusions to popular culture and Shakespeare, relies on the Bee Gees. Sending a message is not, of course, the primary purpose of legislation but, as I said at Second Reading, we legislate in a particular context. We do not live in a hermetically...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (11 November 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: ...food products. There are currently five any other business items: Organic production and labelling of organic products. Peaches and nectarines in relation to the Russian ban. Protection of honey bees in Europe. Authorisation scheme for plant protection products. Young farmers.

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: EU: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (11 November 2014)

Lord de Mauley: ...agricultural food products. There are currently five Any Other Business items: Organic production and labelling of organic products;Peaches and nectarines in relation to the Russian ban;Protection of honey bees in Europe;Authorisation scheme for plant protection products;Young farmers.

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Agriculture: National Pollinator Strategy (4 November 2014)

Lord de Mauley: ...(Elizabeth Truss) has today made the following statement. I would like to update the House on the progress that my department has made in developing a National Pollinator Strategy for England. Bees and other insect pollinators play an essential role in our food production and are vital to the diversity of our environment. Evidence suggests that many species of our pollinators are less...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: National Pollinator Strategy (4 November 2014)

Elizabeth Truss: I would like to update the House on the progress that my Department has made in developing a national pollinator strategy for England. Bees and other insect pollinators play an essential role in our food production and are vital to the diversity of our environment. Evidence suggests that many species of our pollinators are less abundant and widespread than they were in the 1950s. Although it...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees: Beetles (22 October 2014)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Irish government to prevent the spread of the beehive beetle.

Deregulation Bill: Committee (21 October 2014)

Lord Stoneham of Droxford: ...the regulations will be even more difficult than it is now, and that we are going to have all sorts of categories, whether it is drivers, removal people, carpenters and all trades people, construction workers, bee-keepers and so on, excluded from this provision in the Deregulation Bill. The general view that this change is not worth the candle is one which I share, but if we are to have...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees: Beetles (20 October 2014)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to prevent the spread of the beehive beetle through produce imported from Italy.

Cycling: National Pollinator Strategy (16 October 2014) See 24 other results from this debate

Dan Rogerson: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I have been waiting patiently and listening to the many important contributions we have heard, including some of the earlier remarks by the hon. Member for Brent North (Barry Gardiner), although he then went off a bit into whatever had been prepared for him elsewhere. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton), a fellow Cornish MP, for...

Cycling (16 October 2014)

Lindsay Hoyle: Order. May I help both parties for a moment? We are well behind time and a lot of people are also interested in bees. I know that it is important to get to the end of this, Minister, but I do want to come to a conclusion.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Insect Pollinators (9 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Leslie Cree: Thank you.  That would be very welcome.  The Minister will remember that the House encouraged the development of a bee health strategy a couple of years ago.  What work has her Department done on the development of that strategy?  Perhaps if the Minister does not have that information to hand, she could let me know.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Pollinator Population (14 August 2014) See 9 other results from this debate

Angus MacDonald: ...all very hectic at the moment, so their time is appreciated. I note that, sadly, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment and the Minister for Environment and Climate Change have been called away on other business, but I am pleased to see the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Roseanna Cunningham, standing in, as I know that she has taken a keen interest in...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014)

The Earl of Selborne: ...way that does not lead to adverse consequences. As a fruit grower, I am now very much more aware, as I should have been in earlier years, of just how reliant we are on insect pollinators—not just imported honey bees but a wider range of insects. That is where getting the biodiversity of the plants right, at least in the pollinator strips, can play a very important part. Likewise,...

Health: Organic Food — Question for Short Debate (24 July 2014)

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer: ..., I think that the way in which my noble friend has posed the Question rather extrapolates the research beyond what it claimed. The way the Question is posed suggests that health benefits have been claimed by this research, and I think that that is incorrect. What it claims is that there are higher levels of antioxidants in organic vegetables and that there are somewhat lower levels of...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (22 July 2014)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her most recent estimate is of the UK population of each species of bumble bee; and what steps she is taking to increase the numbers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (17 July 2014)

Duncan Hames: I welcome the Department’s commitment to safeguarding our bee population. Now that the pollinator strategy consultation has closed, when will the Government respond and address public concerns about the effect of pesticide use?

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (14 July 2014)

Liam Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the reasons for the decline in the bee population; what steps he is taking to tackle such a decline; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will place in the Library a summary of his Department’s chief scientific adviser’s latest analysis of the decline in the bee population.

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