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Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL5196, tabled on 2 February 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to remove the current restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids when the UK leaves the EU; and if so, what is their assessment of the impact this will have on the populations of bees and other pollinators.

Answered on

8 February 2017

While the UK remains a member of the EU, we will continue to meet our obligations under EU law. This includes restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids. As part of the preparation for EU exit, we are considering future arrangements for pesticides. Our highest priority will continue to be the protection of people and the environment.

The Government remains of the view that decisions on the use of neonicotinoids and other pesticides should be based on a careful scientific assessment of the risks. Pesticides that carry unacceptable risks to bees, other pollinators and the environment should not be authorised.