[Valerie Vaz in the Chair] — Neonicotinoids on Crops

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:43 pm on 7th December 2015.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn 5:43 pm, 7th December 2015

My constituents have been writing to me about the worrying decline in the honeybee population. One thing they have raised is whether we should have more programmes explicitly designed to improve the situation. Two of the initiatives mentioned, which are bolder than the ones we have at the moment, are the healthy bees plan and the insect pollinators initiative. Both were agreed under the previous Labour Administration. Does the hon. Lady agree that such programmes need to be put in place and that we should work in a cross-party way to urge the Government to do so?