House of Lords written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What would be the projected loss to the United Kingdom economy of the death of (a) 25 per cent, (b) 50 per cent, and (c) 75 per cent of the honey bee population in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

There is no specific information on the impact that the large-scale loss of honey bees would have on the economy although it could be significant. The level and nature of the impact would, for example, need to take into account the geographic distribution of the losses, which crops were affected, what measures were taken by beekeepers and crop producers in mitigation, and the result of any interactions with other pollinators.

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