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National Bee Unit: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding he proposes to provide to the National Bee Unit in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement. (197597)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what allocations were made to future funding for bee health in the Comprehensive Spending Review. (197461)

[holding answer 1 April 2008]: Detailed allocations have still to be finalised. The expectation is that funding for DEFRA’s ongoing programme of support for bee health will be around the same level as previously. In the event of a need to respond to new serious threats, there are contingency arrangements in place for additional funding to be made available.