Parliament to hear evidence for and against neonicotinoids

Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee will today take expert evidence for and against the retention of neonicotinoid insecticides, which have been linked to declines in bees and other pollinators.

Defra concluded in September that no change was necessary to the regulations controlling use of neonicotinoids. But according to committee chair Joan Walley MP: "We will be scrutinising the evidence behind the Government's decision not to revise pesticide regulations or follow other European countries in temporarily suspending the use of insecticides linked to bee decline."

NFU horticulture adviser Chris Hartfield will speak in favour of their retention, while representatives of Pesticide Action Network UK, the Soil Association and Buglife will put the case against.

The enquiry has already taken written evidence from 27 expert witnesses.


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