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Bees: Conservation

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department’s bee health strategy. (197592)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish his Department’s strategy for bee health; and if he will make a statement. (197463)

[holding answer 1 April 2008]: DEFRA is developing a bee health strategy in conjunction with stakeholders which will set out the objectives and priorities for the bee health programme over the next 10 years and outline the roles and responsibilities of Government and the beekeeping industry. It is intended that the strategy will be published after public consultation in the summer of 2008.