Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 1:29 pm on 25th January 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party 1:29 pm, 25th January 2011

Does the hon. Gentleman share my concern that in European countries the initial licensing for such controversial pesticides is done by way of a draft assessment report organised by the manufacturer? Shockingly, the DAR for the commonest neonicotinoid used in Europe was put together by Bayer, who, surprise, surprise, did not find a problem with it. Does he agree that there is a problem with metholodogy?