Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14 December 2017.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the scientific basis is for the Government's decision to ban the use of neonicotinoids

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The use of three neonicotinoids has been restricted since 2013 so that they cannot be used on crops attractive to bees, such as oilseed rape. The purpose of these restrictions is to protect bees and other pollinating insects.

The Government keeps the developing evidence on neonicotinoids under review. The latest advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides is that scientific evidence now suggests the risks posed by neonicotinoids to bees and other pollinators are greater than previously understood. This can be found via the following link:

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