UK Bee Population

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:30 pm on 14th November 2017.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Labour, Cambridge 4:30 pm, 14th November 2017

The hon. Gentleman is making a very good speech. I would like to go back to the point about the alternatives. I wonder whether he saw the observation by the excellent Bumblebee Conservation Trust, which said that

“many other non-neonicotinoid pesticides can and do cause harm to bumblebees and other pollinators, and we must ensure that neonicotinoids are not simply replaced by equally-problematic equivalents.”

Does he agree that there is a danger of a switch back to dangerous pyrethroid-based pesticides and that we equally need to guard against that?