In April, I wrote to Andrea Leadsom MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to raise the issue of neonicotinoids and bee populations.
I have now received a response from George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which you can read here.
I am pleased that, after considerable pressure from MPs, the public and independent experts the Conservative Government has now decided to reject the two applications it received to use neonicotinoids on crops.
The importance of pollinators to our food supply, biodiversity and economy is clear. I continue to believe that it is vital that Conservative Ministers take a science-led approach to pesticide use. They must consider the best way to support farmers, protect wildlife and reverse the decline of pollinators.
I can assure you I will continue to press the Conservative Government to apply evidence-based policy to the use of neonicotinoids.