UK Bee Population

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:00 pm on 14th November 2017.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park 5:00 pm, 14th November 2017

I am very much enjoying my hon. Friend’s speech, and I pay tribute to my hon. Friend Alex Chalk for securing the debate. I too have had more emails about this subject than anything, bar Heathrow and Brexit.

In the light of the comments my hon. Friend just made about the changing nature of agriculture in our country, does he share my concern about the behaviour of the National Farmers Union? It continues to trash the science in relation to the decline in pollinators, which has become incredibly clear, and also to scaremonger about the impacts of this ban in terms of yields, despite the fact that farmers have seen record yields over the last three years, when the ban has been in place across Europe. Does he share my concern that the NFU, which exists to speak for farmers, seems more inclined nowadays to speak for vested interests—for the pesticide firms and for agribusiness—and not for the farmers that it exists to defend?