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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.

Rural Economy — Motion to Take Note (3 July 2014)

Lord Plumb: ...rural development and country living? It is insulting to say that farmers have created a degraded, horrible landscape. The countryside is obviously a diverse place, and it is neither wild nor natural. To keep a healthy industry, we need the birds, the bees and the butterflies, the hedgerows, the tracks, the fields and the crops in a land which is often described as...

Bills Presented — Affordable Homes Bill: Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill (2 July 2014)

John Bercow: Gosh, the hon. Member for Stafford (Jeremy Lefroy) is a busy bee.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (2 July 2014)

Gregory Campbell: ...Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has had discussions with his counterparts in the devolved Administrations on the proposed National Pollinator Strategy to reverse the decline in the bee population in the UK.

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Targets (19 June 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Annabelle Ewing: ...targets, but I would like to know what the next steps are to make incremental progress. As my question relates to environmental targets in general, and as we saw the fantastic spectacle of our bees arriving yesterday, I will also take the liberty of asking what role the bees may have in our general environmental approach.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (16 June 2014)

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department received from the European Commission for projects relating to bees in 2013-14.

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 June 2014)

Lord Swinfen: ...that we used to have. In the agricultural fields around us there are no sparrows; there are hardly any birds at all. There is not the food for them. There are no butterflies. Walking the dogs I did come across some bees. They were on the track and they were dying because of the insecticides used on the crops. What I am saying about the area in which I live is probably happening in other...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Insects (14 May 2014)

Sarah Newton: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will publish the National Pollinator Strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Melissococcus Plutonius (14 May 2014)

Dan Rogerson: ...a survey that used sensitive detection methodologies to suggest a 35% apiary prevalence of Melissococcus plutonius across the Netherlands. But a 2012-13 pan-European epidemiological study on honey bee colony losses found a low prevalence of European foulbrood across 15 member states: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/live_animals/bees/docs/bee- report_en.pdf

Immigration Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (12 May 2014)

Lord McColl of Dulwich: My Lords, I thank the Minister very much for all his help and co-operation. He spotted three of us plotting in a corner of your Lordships’ House and, instead of avoiding us, he made a bee-line for us and was open and friendly. We are very grateful to him, especially on the about-to-be statutory basis of the role. In our amendment, the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Bees (6 May 2014)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to ensure the protection of bees.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Insects (6 May 2014)

Roberta Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that measures to protect bees and other pollinators are fully reflected in planning practice guidance.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Insects (6 May 2014)

Tom Blenkinsop: ...Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the issuing of planning guidance as part of the proposed National Pollinator Strategy to ensure that future development is beneficial to bees and other pollinators.

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Food and Environment Research Agency (1 May 2014)

Owen Paterson: ...exercise to find a joint venture partner for DEFRA’s Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera). Fera is a leader in its field with an international reputation for protecting plant and bee health and food safety. A joint venture will protect and enhance its scientific capabilities in the long term, and free it from public sector constraints. This will give Fera the opportunity to...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (28 April 2014)

Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps the Government has taken to protect the UK's honeybee population.

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