Thank you to those who have written to me

I entirely agree with you that bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our environment. This is especially true on our Island which has such a vibrant environment. I welcome the work the Government has done over the last few years to protect them, most recently through its National Pollinator Strategy.

While we remain in the EU the UK will continue to meet its obligations under EU law, including restrictions on neonicotinoids.

As part of the preparation for exiting the EU, Ministers are considering future arrangements for pesticides. I note a decision has not yet been made on this issue, however, I shall look closely at what DEFRA comes back with.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me about this important issue.