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Bees (Oil Seed Rape)

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether chemicals used in the cultivation of oil seed rape pose any threat to the survival of wild or domesticated bees in many areas of the United Kingdom.

Certain chemicals used on oil seed rape and other crops are potentially harmful to bees. Under the terms of the pesticides safety precautions scheme, the labels of the products concerned must bear appropriate recommendations and warnings; and provided these are followed, any harm to bees is minimised. To supplement these label provisions, my Department issues special publicity during spraying periods.