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Bees: Imports

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made an estimate of the cost to the bee industry of importing queen bees in the last five years. (316499)

No estimate has been made of the cost of importing queen bees. The cost to the bee industry varies considerably depending on the country of origin and the number of bees per consignment and can range between approximately £7-£50 or more for specialist breeder queens. The Food and Environment Research Agency’s national bee unit records data on the number of bees imported into England for statutory disease control purposes. These data were set out in the answer of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 7W.