Beekeeping

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Ben Chapman Ben Chapman Labour, Wirral South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department provides for research into beekeeping; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Detailed allocations for all of DEFRA's programmes have still to be finalised, including those for research. Funding for DEFRA's bee health programme is expected to be unchanged in 2008-09 (£1.3 million) In addition to this, commissioned research into honey bee health is expected to be c. £190,000. In addition, honey bee health benefits from other DEFRA-funded research activities. Research priorities are addressed in the draft Bee Health strategy which has recently been published for public consultation.

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