‘Flawed research’ leads to bee call
The Scottish Government, which up until now has backed Westminster in opposing a ban on neonicotinoids, said it was now “urgently” reviewing the evidence in the light of the criticism from the UK parliament’s cross-party environmental audit committee.
Committee chair MP Joan Walley said members supported calls from the European Commission for a moratorium on using the controversial insecticides.
The UK government had commissioned a field study on bumblebees which failed to provide conclusive proof there was a major impact on the insects from the pesticides.
But the committee report concludes research was “fundamentally flawed” and should not be used as a reason for not taking action.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead last night said: “We will be reviewing this as a matter of urgency.
“If in light of this new advice the case for the EU’s precautionary measures is strong, then I would want the UK government to consider supporting this position.”