Joan Ruddock has been asking about bees:
(1) whether his Department is monitoring colony collapse disorder in honey bees in (a) the US and (b) Germany;
(2) what research is being supported by the Government into the threat to UK honey bee colonies of colony collapse;
(3) what steps his Department is considering to prevent the importation of honey bee colonies from countries where incidents of colony collapse disorder have been recorded.
I can’t tell you how much it pleases me to find out that there is a National Bee Unit looking into this.