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Bees

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 2 July 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding will be allocated to Honey Bee Research through (a) the National Bee Unit, and (b) higher education institutions, as part of the Living with Environmental Change partnership. [HL4628]

Decisions on what projects will be funded under the insect pollinator initiative will be made by the funders on the basis of whether they fulfil the eligibility criteria, address the issues outlined in the research call and on the basis of their quality. Therefore, it is not possible to predict at this stage what proportion of funds will be allocated to specific areas or research bodies, including the National Bee Unit and higher education institutions. A meeting will be held in London on 3 July to launch the call for proposals and further details can be found on the Living With Environmental Change website.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the University of Sussex's research plan for honey bee health and well-being. [HL4629]

No formal assessment has been made of the University of Sussex's research plan for honey bee health and well-being. However, the Food and Environment Research Agency's chief scientist is intending to visit the university in August to discuss bee health research.