Bees

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 9th October 2008.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is funding on the promotion of selective breeding of bees to encourage behaviour that will protect the viability of colonies.

Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA currently spends around £1.3 million per annum on a range of bee health measures to assist the beekeeping sector in England. There are no funds allocated specifically for research on selective breeding programmes.

However, this issue is addressed in the draft Bee Health Strategy, which has just completed its public consultation. It is envisaged that the strategy will be published in the autumn.

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