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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09986: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 28 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the impact will be on Scotland of the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety's vote for a full ban on the use of neonicotinoids on 22 June 2017.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 19 July 2017

The Scottish Government is aware of the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety vote on 22 June which did not support an attempt by Conservative MEP, Julie Girling, to halt a proposed ban by the European Commission on the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides.

Restrictions were placed on the use of these neonicotinoids in 2013 to prevent their use on crops with flowers attractive to bees. These restrictions were fully implemented in Scotland and the rest of the UK. The Scottish Government awaits the outcome of the European Food Safety Authority's main review of the neonicotinoids, expected to be published towards the second half of the year.