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Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (10 April 2014)

Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy of the findings of the European Commission's Epilobee Study, published on 2 April 2014; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bees: Pesticides (10 April 2014)

Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies the Government has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned on the effects of pesticides on honeybee mortality.

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (3 April 2014)

George Eustice: ...confirmed that this topic would be on a future Council agenda. Any other business Honey breakfast initiative Slovenia explained its “honey breakfast” initiative which aimed to educate children on the importance of bees. International year of family farming Hungary reported on the convention it had hosted to celebrate the international year of family farming. The Commission...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (27 March 2014)

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Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Surveys (25 March 2014)

Lord de Mauley: ...and received reports for the following surveys: - Key account customer satisfaction survey;- Plants rights varieties and seeds survey;- Plant health and seeds inspectorate survey; and- National bee unit survey. Other surveys containing an element of customer satisfaction that were reported to but not commissioned by the FERA executive team are: - Proficiency testing group survey;- Customer...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Nurseries (24 March 2014)

Jennifer Willott: ...bodies in (i) 2010, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15. In 2010 Land Registry had eight on-site nurseries. Following a procurement exercise, from 01 September 2011 six of the sites were leased from Land Registry by Busy Bees who run their own business from the sites. The remaining two sites closed. Therefore, in 2013-14 and 2014-15, Land Registry did not run any on-site nurseries. I hope that...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Bees (10 March 2014)

Lord Jones of Cheltenham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact they predict recent wet weather will have on the population of wild bees and other pollinators.

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Environment: National Pollinator Strategy (6 March 2014)

Lord de Mauley: ...statement. Following a commitment made in June 2013, I have today launched a consultation on a proposed National Pollinator Strategy to safeguard the future of pollinators and pollination services. Bees and other insect pollinators play an essential role in our food production and in the diversity of our environment. They face a wide range of environmental pressures, such as habitat loss,...

Written Ministerial Statements — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: National Pollinator Strategy (6 March 2014)

Owen Paterson: Following a commitment made in June 2013, I have today launched a consultation on a proposed national pollinator strategy to safeguard the future of pollinators and pollination services. Bees and other insect pollinators play an essential role in our food production and in the diversity of our environment. They face a wide range of environmental pressures, such as habitat loss, pests and...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (5 March 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 (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Payroll Services (25 February 2014)

Lord Faulks: ...Savings Fund Hospital Saturday Fund Bolton & District Hospital Saturday Fund Simply Health (formerly H S A) British Health Care Assoc Simply Health (formerly H S A) BUPA Prospect Union Busy Bees - Childcare Immigration Service Union Cash Box Credit Union Ltd Leeds Hospital Fund (part of Simply Health) Charitable Giving * Medicash (paid via BHCA Services) ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (13 February 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Mark Lazarowicz: In 2011-12, Britain received co-funding from the European Commission on a project to research the health of bees. As the Minister is aware, there is a growing awareness of the importance of bee health in the UK and concern about the use of pesticides. Yet in 2012-13, the Government withdrew from the project and did not take the funding that was offered by the European Commission. Why was that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Deregulation Bill (3 February 2014)

Kenneth Clarke: I admire the eclecticism of the hon. Gentleman. I knew that I could not engage with him on mountain climbing but I underestimated his knowledge of bees and beekeepers. I shall take considered advice on the application to beekeeping and I have no doubt that the matter will be raised in Committee if the position of beekeepers becomes a point of real contention when the list is published. The...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (28 January 2014)

Lord Tyler: ...argued that that approach was too simple and excluded too much activity, particularly the potential for handing out leaflets in a town square. The noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, has been diligent in attempting to deal with that problem, but I think that in the process we have been sent round in a circle. Sending information to a household is an easy test, because it is easy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Women in Business (28 January 2014)

Caroline Nokes: Little Bee bakery in my constituency is owned by Melissa O’Dwyer, and it is a great example of a business set up from home that has expanded into an industrial unit, employs exclusively female staff and is growing. Does my right hon. Friend agree that this is an example of female entrepreneurs playing a critical part in economic growth?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (23 January 2014)

Karen Lumley: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating Bee Design Consultancy, which I visited last Friday in my constituency? In the past few years, it has gone from having two employees to 19, and it now exports its skills all over the world, recently to Lamborghini in Italy. I invite him to come to Redditch to visit the company next time he is in the west midlands.

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Convoys Wharf, Deptford (22 January 2014)

Joan Ruddock: ...here that Evelyn carried out his planting trials, which formed the basis of his famous treatise “Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest-Trees”. That other illustrious diarist Samuel Pepys recorded two visits to John Evelyn’s gardens in 1665. He saw “a hive of bees, so as being hived in glass you may see the bees making their honey and combs mighty pleasantly”, and...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Renewable Energy (22 January 2014)

Gregory Barker: ...gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/224068/bis-13-p143-low-carbon-and-environmenta l-goods-and-services-report-2011-12.pdf The following table sets out how many people have been employed in each sector for 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 (please note: employment for onshore and offshore wind has bee n included in one category (wind), and employment levels for wave...

Farmland Bird Populations (15 January 2014)

John Randall: ...competitive to provide affordable food, but we also know that they need help to deliver the wider benefits from their land. We have all heard about the plight of the bumblebee: of the 97 food plants that bumblebees prefer, 76% are in decline. It is not just bees that are vital pollinators. We need to look after the whole of our farmland diversity to help underpin the future of the sector....

Ukti (West Midlands) (8 January 2014)

Michael Fallon: ...from the west midlands. The region exported goods worth more than 22.5 billion in 2012-13. In the first three quarters of this financial year, goods worth more than 19 billion have already been exported, with a total of 6,222 companies exporting goods from the region. That success is being led by companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and JCB, but I am sure that some of it can be...

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